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Dr Angel-Luke O'Donnell

Dr Angel-Luke O'Donnell

O'Donnell_Angel-LukeTeaching Fellow in North American History

Email angel-luke.o'
Address Room 3.03, Chesham Building
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS


I completed my PhD, ‘Tangible Imaginations: Community, Print Culture, and
American Identity in Philadelphia, 1764 – 1776’, at the University of Liverpool in 2015. During my time at Liverpool, I taught modules on subjects such as the Atlantic World 1400 – 2000, the Social Impact of the European Enlightenment, and Eighteenth-Century Revolutions. Moreover, while at Liverpool, I was involved in the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre, helping to organise conferences on topics related to print culture and literature, notably in the Liverpool Athenaeum, one of the oldest subscription libraries in Britain. I have also taught at Manchester Metropolitan University on American Slavery.

Research interests
  • American Revolution
  • Print Culture
  • Intellectual History
  • Crowd Actions
  • Philadelphia
Expertise and public engagement

 I have been involved in the Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts seminar. A group that debates ways in which the material text can be analysed in order to provide new insights into a range disciplines, including bibliography, history, literature, rhetoric, music, philosophy, among others. The aim of the seminars is to understand the importance of material texts to academic disciplines.
I was also an invited participant to the 250th commemoration of the Paxton Boys Massacre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The event was supported by McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Lancaster History Society. I presented a paper entitled ‘Bang Ye the Indian Stoutly: The Paxton Boys and the Origins of American Identity in Philadelphia’ to an audience of academics, historians, cultural organisations, and local people. The conference ended with the restoration of a historic marker commemorating the massacre of Native Americans by white farmers.

Finally, I was invited to the Newspapers and Transculturality workshop at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. The conference took an international and comparative look at newspapers in order to understand their utility for history and cultural studies.

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