Ruth Scobie is a lecturer in English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford. Her research focuses on the development of British celebrity culture in the context of the global eighteenth century, in the work of writers including Mary Shelley, Frances Burney and Elizabeth Montagu. During a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, ‘Exploring Celebrity’, she ran the Oxford Celebrity Research Network, and has since lectured in English at the University of Sheffield. She also teaches on travel writing for the Department of Continuing Education’s interdisciplinary Masters in Literature and Arts, and is on the steering committee of Oxford’s Women’s Studies programme. Her first monograph, on the links between celebrity culture and images of Oceania in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth century, will be published by Boydell & Brewer next year.