Dr James Boyd

Honorary Research Fellow

Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

Email:
boydjd2@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
John Percival Building

Research interests

Dr James Boyd was awarded a PhD in History from Cardiff University in 2013. His particular areas of interest are in the development of the 19th century German economy and the social impacts of economic change, with a particular focus on permanent emigration.  His doctoral research concerned the emigration of Germans to the United States during the 19th century, focusing specifically on economic causes and their interplay with migratory networks.  

His current research, supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, examines the connection between 18th and 19th century migration from German Europe to the New World, focusing on the continuities of economic structure and the persistence of community networks in regions of out-migration. 

Research projects

Current research: Connecting Colony & Republic: German American Migration Across the Revolutionary Divide – supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation Forschungsstipendium AZ/37/V13

Having gained his BA and MA at Cardiff between 2003 and 2007, James returned in 2009 with an AHRC studentship to support his doctoral research.  Given the international scope of the project, further support was also provided by the Royal Historical Society, Pasold Research Fund, and AHRC Research Training Support Grant.  

In 2012, James was selected as a participant in the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers Scheme, and in the same year was awarded the Anniversary Fellowship of the Economic History Society, tenable at the Institute of Historical Research, London, during 2012-2013.  The fellowship allowed in-depth research into the early impact of the Zollverein on South German Economies, the initial results of which will be presented at the EHS annual conference in 2014. Upon gaining his Cardiff doctorate, funding from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, of Düsseldorf, was awarded in order to support further archival work in Germany, and the preparation of James' doctoral manuscript for publication.   

James is a member of the Economic History Society and German History Society.

Projects

Connecting Colony & Republic: German American Migration Across the Revolutionary Divide

Supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation Forschungsstipendium AZ/37/V13

His current research, supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, examines the connection between 18th and 19th century migration from German Europe to the New World, focusing on the continuities of economic structure and the persistence of community networks in regions of out-migration.