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Rachel Hamilton


I am a second year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Sandra den Otter. My research interests include nineteenth-century Britain, the British monarchy, gender, print culture and media, and mental health. My current project studies more than 70 individuals who intruded on Queen Victoria's privacy over the course of her reign (1837-1901), and who we would today call "stalkers." I am interested in studying the ways these intrusions and the media coverage they received reflected contemporary ideas of gender and mental illness, and how the intruder's "gaze" was countered by both official and unofficial forms of surveillance. My work will also explore the links between stalking, emotion, and intimacy. In particular, I will consider how these intruders provide insights into the creation of a "collective intimacy" between the people and the monarchy and the 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)



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