Dr Angela Muir

Lecturer in British Social and Cultural History

Contact DetailsDr Angela Muir 2019

  • Tel: + 0116 252 2763
  • Email: am1074@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 21, 5 Sailsbury Road

Personal Details

Born and raised in Canada, I completed my BA (hons) in History at Simon Fraser University. After 5 years in postsecondary arts events management I moved to the UK to undertake my MA in Early Modern history at Swansea University where I whet my appetite for Welsh history. An abridged version of my MA dissertation was published in Welsh History Review. I pursued doctoral studies at the University of Exeter between 2014 and 2017 with doctoral studentships from the Welcome Trust and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I was awarded the Economic History Power Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017-2018, which I held at Cardiff University where I also lectured. I joined the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in 2018.


My doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the experience and broader social, cultural and medical context of illegitimacy and childbirth outside of wedlock in eighteenth-century Wales, including infant and maternal mortality, and the provision of care to unmarried mothers. More broadly, I am interested the social and cultural history of sex, gender, poverty, medicine and the body in early modern, eighteenth and nineteenth-century England and Wales.


Angela Muir, Deviant Maternity: Illegitimacy in Wales, c. 1680-1800 (Routledge, 2020)
Angela Muir, 'Midwifery and Maternity Care for Single Mothers in Eighteenth-Century Wales' Social History of Medicine (2018)
‘Courtship, sex and poverty: illegitimacy in eighteenth-century Wales’
, Social History, 43 (2018), 56-80
‘Death and the Parish: mortality in eighteenth-century Wales’, Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities 4 (2017), 101-133
‘Illegitimacy in eighteenth-century Wales’, Welsh history Review, 26 (2013), 351-388


I would be interested in supervising PhDs on any topic broadly related to my own research interests. I particularly welcome PhDs on gender, poverty and childbirth in England and Wales during the long eighteenth century.

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