Ingrid Tague

Ingrid H. Tague


  • Faculty

What I do

I am a professor of history, specializing in eighteenth-century British history.


British history, early modern Europe, human-animal relations

Professional Biography

After receiving my PhD from Brown University, I joined the University of Denver history department, where I teach European history from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. My research specialization is eighteenth-century British cultural history. My current research focuses on human-animal relations, and my most recent book is Animal Companions: Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century British History.


  • Ph.D., History, Brown University, 1997
  • MA, History, Brown University, 1992
  • AB, History and Literature, Harvard University, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Society for British Studies
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • American Historical Association


My research focuses on eighteenth-century British cultural history. My first book, "Women of Quality," examined the role of aristocratic women in the early eighteenth century. My current research examines human-animal relations. My most recent book, "Animal Companions," explains the rise of pet keeping as a widespread phenomenon and the ways in which discussions of pets reflected broader cultural debates over gender, race, class, and consumerism.

Areas of Research


Featured Publications

Tague, Ingrid H. Animal Companions: Pets And Social Change In Eighteenth-Century Britain. University Park, PA, USA: The Pennsylvania State University Press. 2015.
“Personal Narratives Of Ageing” in History Of Old Age In England, 1600-1800 (8 Vols.). Edited by Ingrid H. Tague and Susannah R Ottaway. Vol. 8 London, UK: Pickering & Chatto. 2009.
Tague, Ingrid H. Women Of Quality: Accepting And Contesting Ideals Of Femininity In England, 1690-1760. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press. 2002.