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Dr Matthew Symonds
B08 18 Gordon Square
University College London
Gower Street
  • Research Fellow
  • Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary

Office Hour: Fridays, 2pm–3pm, B.08 18 Gordon Square

Matthew Symonds is an historian specialising in the history of the book in early modern Europe and the use of the digital humanities within traditional scholarly research. 

He is Co-PI on CELL’s major research project, The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins and Princeton universities. He supervises a team of researchers transcribing and analysing the manuscript annotations in a collection of books once owned by Elizabethan man of parts Gabriel Harvey and the polymath John Dee. 

He studied history at UCL and Cambridge. His Ph.D., ‘Grub street culture: the newspapers of Nathaniel Mist c.1715 – c. 1745’, is about a Jacobite, his newspaper, and the repeated scandalous and seditious libels that it published. 

He is currently writing about translation and cultural identity in exile communities, specifically the Huguenot community in early modern London.

Teaching Summary

Dr Symonds currently supervises one PhD student.

He teaches two courses on the MA in Early Modern Studies: "Information culture in early modern Europe" and "From Archive to Hard Drive". 

He has also taught courses on early modern news culture, as well as survey courses on the "long eighteenth century" and categories and concepts for early modern studies. 

01-NOV-2008 – 31-JUL-2012 Technical Research Fellow English Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – History University College London
2001 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – History University of Cambridge
2000 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – History University College London
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