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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'.

- Supervising for Paper 10 and Paper 5 (British Political History 1688-1886).

Other Professional Activities

2018-19 Scouloudi Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London.

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).

'Towards a Transnational History of the British Navy, 1793-1815’, Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française, 397 – Perspectives Transnationales, 1780s-1820 (forthcoming, September 2019) [in French and English].

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


Other Publications

Book reviews:

- John Morrow, British Flag Officers in the French Wars, 1793-1815: Admirals’ Lives (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), History: Reviews of New Books (forthcoming).

- 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.


Blog posts:

- ‘When Subjecthood and Citizenship Did not Matter: the Royal Navy and Foreign Seamen in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars’, 7 November 2018, Cambridge Core Blog, Cambridge University Press