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Matthew Symonds

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Senior Research Fellow

Matthew Symonds is a Senior Research Fellow at UCL and CELL’s Technical Research Officer, responsible for the software architecture of the various CELL projects. He is Co-I on CELL's major research project, Shaping Scholarship, funded by the AHRC, and was Co-PI on The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 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. His research interests include the history of information, the miscommunication of ideas, and late seventeenth-century cultural history. He is currently writing about cosmopolitan reading.

Matt is also the Director of the MA in Early Modern Studies; he co-convenes the core modules Reframing the Renaissance and Forging the Early Modern, and he teaches From the Archive to the Hard Drive: IT for Graduate Research and Web 0.1: Early Modern Information Culture c.1470-1750. He currently supervises PhD projects on early modern receipt books and Jacobite folk culture and welcomes enquiries from prospective students, particularly those interested in the conjunction of the history of the book and digital humanities.

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