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Rachel Hamilton


I am a first year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Sandra den Otter. My research interests include Victorian Britain, the British monarchy, gender, print culture and media, and mental health. I intend to focus my doctoral research on the press coverage of Queen Victoria's stalkers and would-be assassins. I hope to study how gendered and sensational frameworks influenced reports of these incidents and intrusions. I also hope to explore how the media both contributed to the creation of a "collective intimacy" between the people and the monarchy and instilled in the public a presumed "right" to access the sovereign. 


Awards and recognition
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2022-2026)
  • Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (2022)
  • SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2021-2022)
  • Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (2021)
  • UPEI Alumni Association Graduating Student Award (2021)
  • Ambrose Lee Graduation Prize (Arts) (2021)



Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.