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Dr Christopher Donaldson

Lecturer in Cultural History

Christopher Donaldson

Bowland College



Tel: +44 1524 592349

Office Hours:

Summer Term 2021: By appointment

PhD supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential students interested in completing theses or dissertations on topics related to the following: history of tourism, leisure and recreation; history of national parks, parklands and landscape conservation; heritage studies; print history (1700 to present); historical geography; landscape history; modern regional history.


My research is primarily concerned with the cultural history of landscape, with an emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have a particular interest in print history as well, and I am also involved in research in regional, spatial and digital history. I am an affiliate of the Regional Heritage Centre and I co-edit the Digital Forum for the Journal of Victorian Culture.

I am a member of the Lake District National Park Partnership Historic Environment Sub Group and the Council of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. I also edit the Society's News.

Career Details

My career at Lancaster began in 2012, when I was hired as a research assistant on the ERC-funded Spatial Humanities project. I worked at the University of Birmingham between 2014 and 2016, when I returned to Lancaster as a Lecturer to work with colleagues as part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities. I completed my University education in the US. I received my BA from Penn State University in 2004 and my PhD from Stanford University in 2012.

Current Teaching

I contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department. I currently convene HIST107: 'Witches', Warriors, and Slavers: Exploring the History of Lancaster and HIST273: Sex, Satire and British Society, 1660–1901. In addition, I oversee the Department's MA heritage pathway and our MA placement programme, which includes HIST491: Heritage and Public History Placement and HIST495: School Placement. I also supervise independent undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. 


I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

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