Harriet Harmer


I started my part-time PhD at the University of Leeds in 2018.

I received my joint honours History and Literature undergraduate degree in 2009 from the University of East Anglia and my masters degree in Early Modern History from the same university in 2012. My MA thesis focussed on sexual deviance and crime amongst the early English settlers in New England and how this effected their moral and spiritual autonomy from their homeland.

Research interests

I am continuing my study of social deviance through my PhD research which centres around late eighteenth century representations of violent death. I am exploring how such deaths were utilised in ephemeral print and the power of these written accounts. An interdisciplinary methodology enables me to explore prose depictions of suicide, murder, infanticide and parricide to further our understanding of the damage they caused to the social fabric and the emotional responses they elicited.