Publication Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Philip Carter is Publication Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a collection of 58,000 life stories of people who shaped British history – researched at Oxford University and published by Oxford University Press. As an editor, Philip is responsible for commissioning, editing, and writing new biographies for the dictionary, and also for the ODNB’s programme of public engagement. He joined the Dictionary in 1997 as the 18th-century commissioning editor after a PhD in Georgian gentlemanliness. More recently he’s published on historical ideas of biography, concepts of ‘national biography’, and the online curation of scholarly reference. Away from ‘serious’ history, he enjoys the curiosities and by-ways of the past, about which he writes regularly for the ODNB.