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EXPERTISE
History - General
Languages & Communication
BIOGRAPHY
Professor Rab Houston took a first class honours degree in Modern History from the University of St Andrews and, after six years at the University of Cambridge as a research student and research fellow, returned as a lecturer in 1983. A full professor since 1995, he has held visiting professorships at the universities of Adelaide and Erasmus, Rotterdam as well as visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Member of the Academia Europaea, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy.

Rab has written ten books, co-authored one, and edited another four as well as authoring eighty articles and book chapters, ranging widely across early modern British and European literacy, British demography, urbanisation and society, legal history, and the history of mental abnormality.

Outside academia Rab is a keen scuba diver, often to be seen diving wrecks off the east coast of Scotland – or visiting warmer waters around the world. He enjoys yoga and Tai Chi, both active forms of meditation.

In June 2017 he acted as a specialist or ‘expert’ lecturer on a ‘Smithsonian Journeys’ tour of Scotland and has been asked back for 2018. Guests described his lectures on topics such as ‘Scottish History at the Movies’ and ‘Who are the Scots like?’ as ‘entertaining’, ‘stimulating’, ‘erudite but accessible’, and ‘providing real depth on Scottish history and culture’. As a person, he was described as 'kind, interesting, and interested'.


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LECTURES / CLASSES
1. Scottish/British History at the Movies

2. Scottish and Irish History in the Letter 'C' [Celts, clans, castles, clothing, clearances, countryside]

3. Who are the Scots Like? [historic comparison of English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish]

4. Robert Burns in Scotland and America

5. The Languages of Britain and Ireland, Past and Present

6. British and Irish castles: symbols of power

7. The universities of Britain and Ireland, past and present

Al lectures will be tailored to the places visited by the cruise, and to excursions offered.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Smithsonian Journeys (Scotland). Extensive experience lecturing to the general public in UK.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
I am nearing retirement, but at present I am still working at the University of St Andrews and thus am only available in certain periods each year.