Xiang Wei

PhD candidate

I am a PhD student at Trinity College, Cambridge. My doctoral research, supervised by Dr Andrew C. Thompson (Queens') and advised by Dr Gabriel Glickman (Fitzwilliam), examines the interactions between religious co-existence and Scottish military experience, c. 1690-1763. Previously, I completed my BA at Peking University (2015-19) before moving to Cambridge for an MPhil in Early Modern History (2019-20). Both my PhD and MPhil projects are funded by Trinity College studentships.

My doctoral work has been awarded the 2021 Earl of Rosebery Prize by the Scottish History Society (for the best primary source edition by a postgraduate student or early career scholar); and the 2022 Scottish Church History Prize.

I co-convened the Cambridge Workshop for the Early Modern Period (WEMP) for the 2021-22 academic year, and worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Geopolitics (POLIS), where I helped organise the Military history working group for 2022-23.

HAP (Historical Argument and Practice)

I have presented my research at the Long 18th Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research (London), International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) Early Career Seminar (Graz, Austria), Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) Biennial Conference (Florence, Italy), and Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS) conferences (Liverpool and online).


Tags & Themes


Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ


Key publications

'The Realities of Toleration: Army Chaplaincy, Religious Politics and Scottish Military Experience, c.1690–1763', Scottish Church History (April, 2023), pp. 77-97.

Book review: Politics, Religion and Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Mark Goldie. Edited by Justin Champion, John Coffey, Tim Harris, and John Marshall. 2019. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (March, 2023), pp. 168-70.

Book review: Bulletin of the John Rylands Library. Volume 97/1. Spring 2021. Religion in Britain, 1660–1900: Essays in Honour of Peter B. Nockles. Edited by William Gibson and Geordan Hammond. 2021.Journal of Ecclesiastical History (January, 2023), pp. 204-6.

Blog posts

'Covenanters in Europe and Empire: The Military and Colonial Endeavours of Alexander Shields and Samuel Vetch', Scottish Centre for Global History (May 2021, online).