Ian’s research area is British and Irish Literature. He has research interests in literary history, literature and politics, pamphlets and pamphleteering, and in the contextual interpretation of literature from the late seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century. His principal research focus has been on literature and politics of the Jacobite era (1688-1788), the life and works of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), and the career and writings of the Jacobite pamphleteer Charles Leslie (1650-1722).
Ian’s major ongoing research project is The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift (2008- ). His most recent publications are:
‘Swift’s Whig Pamphlet, Its Reception and Afterlife’, in Reading Swift, ed. Janika Bischof, Kirsten Juhas, Hermann Real (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2019)
‘Why Jonathan Swift wanted to ‘vex the world’ with Gulliver’s Travels’, The Conversation, 9 May 2018