Post-Doctoral Associate and Managing Director of Eighteenth-Century Studies
34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-8936
Amy Dunagin is a postdoctoral associate in the European Studies Council, where she serves as Managing Editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale in history and musicology, and has taught European and world history at Quinnipiac and Oklahoma City Universities. Her work focuses on British identity in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her first project, “Italian Music and English Identity, 1660-1711,” examines the attitudes and assumptions underpinning the English taste for Italian music. It charts a transition from a national identity rooted in religious antagonisms to one predicated on Britain’s rising status as a polite nation of trade, in which importing Italian music could be rationalized as comparable to importing any other foreign luxury. She is embarking on research for a new project exploring the relationship between environment and cultural identity among Scots-Irish immigrants in different regions of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic.