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Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh
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Robert Adam, the Adam Style, the Global Adam Style, architectural history, global history, imperial history, material culture, reputation, reception, taste and tastemakers, national identity, memory, the canon, canonisation, historiography, architectural history writing
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About Me

Dr Sydney Ayers is an historian of British art, architecture and design, specializing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her research focuses on the afterlife of British neoclassical architecture—especially the eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam—in Britain as well as globally, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2019, funded by a PhD Scholarship from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB).  Sydney’s research has also been funded by the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship (awarded by Dartmouth College).

Recent Publications
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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Asia, Atlantic, British Isles, Caribbean, England, India, Ireland, Mediterranean, North America, Russia, Southeast Asia, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Art & Architectural History, Book History, Colonialism, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Urban History, Women