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University of Guelph
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Scottish History, British History, Gender History, Digital Histories, Digital Humanities, Computational Linguistics, Cultural History, Social History, Medieval Scotland, Early Modern Scotland, Early Modern England, Discourse Analysis, History of Social Control, Power, Authority
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About Me

I am a PhD candidate in history at the University of Guelph. My research examines the relationship between ambition, authority, and gender in early-modern Scotland, and in Britain and Europe more broadly. By marrying the approaches of intellectual history, social history, gender history, and computational linguistics, my work explores the use of language and rhetoric in sixteenth-century printed discourse as both a source of meaning and a tool for control.

I am deeply interested in the ways in which society groups, others, and controls individuals, particularly those who do not belong to the dominant group in power, whether that be due to race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Exploring the historical roots of this othering and enacted control allows me to act as a better advocate for myself and for others.

As a digital humanist, I specialize in computational methods of text analysis (word vectors, word embeddings, latent semantic analysis, text mining, topic modelling, etc.) and am equally interested in digital methods of research dissemination, including digital publication, mapping, visualizations, and podcasting.

Since 2020, I have been a moderator of the digital public history project, AskHistorians.

Recent Publications

Baer-Tsarfati, Lisa. “The Marital Woes of Margaret Tosheoch: Mythologizing Marriage, Divorce, and Concubinage in Early Modern Perthshire,” The Centre for Scottish Culture Blog, 27 July 2020,

Baer-Tsarfati, Lisa. “Gender, Authority, and Control: Male Invective and the Restriction of Female Ambition in Early Modern Scotland and England, 1583-1616,” International Review of Scottish Studies 44 (2019): 35-56.

Media Coverage
BBC Radio Scotland "Time Travels" Podcast
Country Focus
Scotland, England
Expertise by Geography
British Isles
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Computational, Gender, Politics, Public History, Religion, Women