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Dr James Boyd 


Position:Honorary Research Fellow

Location:John Percival Building,

Research Interests

Dr James Boyd was awarded a PhD in History from Cardiff University in 2013. His particular areas of interest are in the development of the 19th century German economy and the social impacts of economic change, with a particular focus on permanent emigration.  His doctoral research concerned the emigration of Germans to the United States during the 19th century, focusing specifically on economic causes and their interplay with migratory networks.  

His current research, supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, examines the connection between 18th and 19th century migration from German Europe to the New World, focusing on the continuities of economic structure and the persistence of community networks in regions of out-migration. 

Selected Publications

‘Between World Trade and Local Lives: The Role of Rural Textile Industries in South West German Migration to the United States’ Under review, Textile History Maney Publishing;

‘Bridging 1776: German-American Migration Historiography and two American Eras’ Commissioned for The Historical Journal, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014.

Research Projects

Current research: Connecting Colony & Republic: German American Migration Across the Revolutionary Divide – supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation Forschungsstipendium AZ/37/V13