The Department would like to congratulate Richard Butler who has recently accepted a new permanent job as Lecturer in History at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester. Richard received his B.A. (St John's, 2010) and his M.Phil (St John's, 2011) from the Department, and has recently submitted his Ph.D. thesis following further study with the Department. He is being supervised by Dr Frank Salmon. During his doctoral studies, Richard spent a year based at the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where as a Fulbright scholar he worked under the supervision of Professor James S. Donnelly, Jr.
His doctoral dissertation, which he is preparing for publication, is an architectural and political history of the Irish courthouse and prison in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of his articles, 'Politics, grand juries and Ireland's unbuilt assize courthouses', was awarded the Hawksmoor Medal from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain in 2014 and has recently been published in their journal, Architectural History. His first book, Secular & Domestic: George Gilbert Scott and the Master’s Lodge of St John’s College, Cambridge was published in 2013. He joined the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester in September 2015.