Dr Karen ‘Kit’ Baston is a historian, bibliographer, and freelance writer and researcher interested in aspects of the long eighteenth century especially in a British context.
She was a research fellow for ‘Books and Borrowing, 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers‘, an AHRC-funded project at the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow running from June 2020 until December 2023.
She specialises in early modern Scottish lawyers’ libraries, Scottish legal history, the history of the book, and social history. She was Project Manager for ‘William Hunter’s Library: A transcription of the early catalogues‘ at the University of Glasgow and Research Assistant for ‘Eighteenth-century Borrowing at the University of Glasgow‘, also at the University of Glasgow. In spring 2020, she provided research assistance for ‘Identity Deception: A Critical History’ with special reference to civil law cases in Scottish legal history.
She studied for her BA at the University of Detroit, her MA at Birkbeck College, and her PhD at the University of Edinburgh.