"Glynis Ridley joined the English Department in 2004. She holds an M.A. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a D.Phil. from Trinity College, Oxford. At both, she specialized in study of the eighteenth century. Her 2004 book, Clara’s Grand Tour. Travels with a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-Century Europe won the Institute of Historical Research Prize. More recently, she published The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe (2010). Publicity around the book led to the naming of a new species, Solanum baretiae, in honor of its biographical subject. She is currently working on a book about an Anglo-Irish banking family in the early nineteenth century, and is also co-editing a collection of essays to mark the tercentenary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 2019.
Professor Ridley teaches and publishes on all things eighteenth century – and also within the field of Animal Studies. She welcomes all inquiries about her work and about the Department.