Professor Colin Kidd

Professor of Modern History, School of History, University of St Andrews
MA, DPhil, FBA, FRHistS, FRSE, FSAScot
Quondam Fellow since 2019
My current research focuses on the intellectual history of the English Enlightenment and its nineteenth-century aftermath, particularly in fields such as antiquarianism, mythography and religious apologetic. Eventually, many years hence, these obsessions will intersect with an emerging interest in the history - and prehistory - of British anthropology. I am at my happiest riding these particular hobbyhorses, but I also have a stable of other subjects which fascinate me. These include constitutional theory, British as well as American, and the church history of my native county of Ayrshire in the age of Enlightenment. However, I am alert to the possibility that the parishes of eighteenth-century Fife might yield up treasures of their own to delight the connoisseur of theological controversy.