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Professor Verhoeven's general research field can be described as the study of structures of continuity and rupture in the Age of Revolution and Enlightenment in the Atlantic World, 1600-1800.

Consistently marrying archival research with cultural theory, and historiography with the history of ideas, his work explores the evolving symbiosis between historical event and historical consciousness, between power and knowledge, agency and identity.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • British and American culture, literature and history, 1600-1900
  • American studies
  • Historical biography
  • Cultural theory
  • History of the book and textual culture
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  • Details of recent projects are available on PURE
  • Americomania and the French revolution debate in Britain
  • Professor Verhoeven's award-winning publications have generated paradigm shifts in the interdisciplinary study
    of American and transatlantic history and culture, particularly in the era of the great eighteenth-century revolutions
  • Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of American Studies at Brown University, Providence, RI (2012 - present)
  • (Inaugural) Charles H. Watts II Professor in the History of the Book and Historical Bibliography, Endowed Visiting
    Professorship at Brown University, Providence, RI (2002-2003)


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of School Of Arts, English And Languages




Research students

PhD Title: Re-Orient-ing Early American Culture: Oriental Tales in American Magazines from the Revolutionary to the Antebellum Period

Name: Aynur Erdogan
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PhD Title: The Titanic: A Cultural History

Name: Constantijn Smith
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PhD Title: Das Partizipationsbegriff im Rahmen von lokalen öffentlichen Erinnerungsprojekten

Name: Claas Neumann
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PhD Title: ‘It’s Just a Game’: The Poetics of Gaming

Name: Raquel Raj
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Alumni: where are they now?

Joost Krijnen

DGov Title: Impious Renewal: The Holocaust and Jewish American Literature after Postmodernism

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Kiene Brillenburg-Wurth

PhD Title: The Musically Sublime: Indeterminacy, Infinity, Irresolvability

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Morgan Love

PhD Title: Sex, Lies and Violence in the Work of Kathy Acker and Mary Gaitskill

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Angela Ashworth-Kadwell

PhD Title: The Newfoundland Outport Novel

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