Research Stream

Joanne McEwan

Joanne McEwan is a Research Assistant with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), based at The University of Western Australia. She works on CHE’s online History of Emotions Bibliography and ‘Emotions Make History’ podcast series. She was a short-term Project-to-Publications Fellow with the Centre in 2017, working on women’s crime and sympathy in eighteenth-century London, and is an Associate Investigator (2012). Her AI research examined eighteenth-century infanticide and emotional attachment, and her research interests extend more broadly to gender, crime, households and social networks in Britain, c.16501850. She has previously published on lodging arrangements, attitudes towards domestic violence, and child murder in eighteenth-century London and Scotland. She is the editor (with Pamela Sharpe) of Accommodating Poverty: The Housing and Living Arrangements of the English Poor, c.1650‒1850 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and (with the late Philippa Maddern and Anne Scott) of Performing Emotions in Early Europe (Brepols, 2018).


Emotions-Related Research Projects

‘She was Fond of the Other Children’: Emotion and Emotional Attachment in Eighteenth-Century Infanticide Narratives

Women’s Crime and the Changing Role of Sympathy and Support in Eighteenth-Century London

Selected Publications

Barrie, D. and J. McEwan. ‘The Newspaper Press, Sedition and the High Court of Justiciary in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh’. In Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions, edited by M. T. Davis, E. Macleod and G. Pentland. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019.

Maddern, P.†, J. McEwan and A. M. Scott, eds. Performing Emotions in Early Europe. Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.