The Revival of a Patriotic Order: Knights Templar in England & New York - Dr. Susan Mitchell Sommers

Dr. Susan Mitchell Sommers is Professor of History at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in the United States. Her PhD is from Washington University in St Louis in 1992, where she studied Early Modern British political history under Professors Richard W. Davis and Derek M. Hirst.

 Dr. Sommers’s first book, Parliamentary Politics of a County and its Town: General Elections in Suffolk and Ipswich in the Eighteenth Century, came out in 2002. She has a number of research projects currently underway, which have provided material for recent presentations in the history of Freemasonry. These include a biography of Thomas Dunckerley, as well as The Society of the Supporters of the Bill of Rights: the Radical Brotherhood, and Job’s Children: on the Fringe in Late Eighteenth-Century London.

Other recent presentations and publications include: “Marranos, Masons, and the Case of the Mislaid Text,” in the 2009 Canonbury Papers; “Ebenezer Sibly: The Mystical Doctor,” Canonbury Masonic Research Centre, Tenth International Conference, Freemasonry & the Sciences. October 25, 2008. (both forthcoming);  A number of articles in Cecile Révauger and Charles Porset, editors, Le Monde Maçonnique au XVIIIe siècle, Articles (Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux , forthcoming, 2011) and “Sir John Coxe Hippisley and the Cause of Catholic Emancipation,” in Nancy LoPatin-Lummis, ed., Festschrift for Dr. Richard W. Davis, The Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust, 27, 1 (February, 2008) 82-95.