Global Justice Academy Development Officer

MA (Hons) MSc PhD FSA Scot
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Harriet joined the Law School in September 2013 as Development Officer for the Global Justice Academy. Before this, she was the Development Officer for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, submitting a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Catalyst Funding Endowment Grant. In 2015, Harriet was part of a successful funding application for a Carnegie Collaborative Grant for the project  'Agriculture and Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland'.

Harriet's interest in global justice stems from her research on power, authority, law and the State in early modern Scotland, including the implications of ‘Statecraft’ for the lives of ordinary people.

Research Interests

Harriet's academic background is in History, having completed a PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Her doctoral thesis, 'Gender, Sex and Social Control: East Lothian, 1610-1640', was funded by the ESRC and awarded the Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History in 2012. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology on the Carnegie-funded project, 'Agriculture and Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland'.


Harriet has lectured on the core undergraduate Social History programme and is a visiting tutor for Early Modern Scottish History. She has convened the Masters methodology module on Gender History, and supervised undergraduate Honours projects for the History in Practice course. In addition to this, Harriet has recorded guest lectures for the MSc (online) in History.

She is currently bought out of teaching as part of her research funding, but is in the process of completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at Moray House School of Education.


Global Justice Academy

Global Justice Blog

Political Settlements Research Programme

Agriculture & Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland

Courses Taught

International Human Rights Law (LLM)


Harriet Cornell, 'Anna Ritchie (ed.), Historic Bute: Land and People (Edinburgh: Scottish Society of Northern Studies, 2012. Pp. ix + 162; illus, maps. Paperback ISBN 978-0-9535-2264-4, £12.96). ', (2014), Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Vol 34, pp 262-264

Harriet Cornell, 'Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland ', (2010), Cultural and Social History, Vol 7, pp 125-26


Harriet Cornell, 'Social control and masculinity in early modern Scotland Expectations and behaviour in a lowland parish' in Lynn Abrams, Elizabeth Ewan (ed.) Nine Centuries of Man (Edinburgh University Press 2017) 183-202