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Sara Caputo

Research Interests

I am currently working on a PhD project on 'Transnational Encounters in the British Navy, 1793-1815', under the supervision of Dr Renaud Morieux.

My thesis looks at the foreign sailors who served in the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the legal, social, cultural and diplomatic context of transnational 'encounters' aboard British naval vessels. My research is jointly funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant and a Robinson College Lewis Research Scholarship.

Tweeting with the handle @SarCaputo


- Paper 10, British Economic and Social History, 1700-1880: revision lectures on 'National Identity, Ethnicity and Empire, c.1700-c.1880' (2017) and 'National Identity and Ethnicity in the United Kingdom, c.1700-c.1880' (2018); lecture on 'Law, Crime and Punishment in the Eighteenth Century' (2018).

- Historical Argument and Practice: seminar sessions on 'Quantitative History' and 'Nations and States'.

- I am on the Faculty List of Supervisors for Paper 10 and Paper 5 (British Political History 1688-1886).

Other Professional Activities

Outreach widening participation lecturing and mentoring with the Cambridge University Admissions Office (including Experience Cambridge, Sutton Scholars, Insight Explore Summer Mentoring and The Subject Matters programmes) and The Brilliant Club charity. Various talks and sessions on History and on International Relations.

2016-17 Co-convenor of the Cambridge Modern British History Workshop.

Member of the organising committee of the Cambridge AHRC DTP international conference on 'Tradition and Transformation', 18-20 September 2017.

2016-17 Founding member and co-convenor of the AHRC-funded Value of the Humanities Research Group, University of Cambridge.

2016-17 Academic Affairs Officer for the Robinson College Graduate Society, organising the college Research Days.


  • International History
  • Economic, Social History
  • British social history c.1600-1850

Key Publications

'Alien Seamen in the British Navy, British Law, and the British State, c.1793 - c.1815', The Historical Journal (forthcoming, 2019).

‘Scotland, Scottishness, British Integration and the Royal Navy, 1793-1815’, The Scottish Historical Review 97:1 (2018), pp. 85-118.


Other Publications

Book reviews:

- Margarette Lincoln, Trading in War: London’s Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018), The London Journal (forthcoming).

- Helen Watt and Anne Hawkins (eds), Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France 1793-1815 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016), Archives 52:1 (2018), 81-3.