Gillian wrote her PhD thesis (University of St Andrews, 2017) on civic authorities' involvement with a monastery for repentant prostitutes in Florence between the fourteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She has taught early modern history, and historiography at the University of St Andrews. She joined the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in 2017 and currently teaches on AA100 The Arts Past and Present and A326 Empires 1492-1975.
Gillian's main research interests are late medieval and early modern prostitution, women religious, and poor relief in Catholic Europe.
17 peer-reviewed entries in A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, 1500-1650: Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, (Ashgate, October 2016)
Review of Mannock Strickland (1683-1744): Agent to English Convents in Flanders. Letters and Accounts from Exile edited by Richard G. Williams, for the Innes Review Vol. 69 no. 2 (November 2018)
A selection of recent talks and papers
“Licit and illicit sex: female prostitution and male homosexuality in Renaissance Florence,” Birkbeck Medieval Seminar, 21 June 2019
“A nefarious and unnatural evil: How prostitution was used as an anti-sodomy measure, and how anti-sodomy measures were used to fund former prostitute nuns in Renaissance Florence,” LGBT History Month forum, University of St Andrews, 23 February 2018
“Sex and the City: Locating Prostitution in Late Medieval Florence,” Gender and Transgression, University of St Andrews, May 2017
"A Guild for Prostitutes? Rethinking Prostitution and the Onestà in Renaissance Florence," Society for Renaissance Studies Biannual Conference, Glasgow, July 2016