Leo Shipp



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: Humanities

I am a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter, funded by the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. My research is on 'The Poets Laureate of the Long Eighteenth Century', from John Dryden to Robert Southey, and engages interdisciplinarily with both History and English Literature scholarship. I submitted my thesis in October 2019 and will be taking my viva examination in December.

I have served as an assistant editor, then editor of Exeter's postgraduate history journal, Ex Historia, and have had a book review published in the 2017 edition. A 15,000-word article on the Poet Laureate appointment process of 1813, comprising material distinct from that of my thesis, has been accepted by The English Historical Review, and will probably be published around early 2021. I have attended conferences far and wide, and carried out archival research in such exotic farflung locations as Maidstone and Northallerton.

I received a First Class BA (Hons) from the University of Southampton, and was awarded the university's Allan Merson Prize for achieving the highest marks in my year group, following which I received an MA (disHons) in Early Modern History from Durham University. I am interested in European as well as British history, reading in French, Spanish, Italian and Latin, and I am also interested in the potentials of digital methods and resources for granting new approaches to the study of the past.