Professor Michael French
- Professor of Economic and Social History (Economic & Social History)
- US Business History and Economic History since 1850
- Development of sales representatives: marketing functions and careers in UK since 1800
- White-collar earnings and careers, 1870-1930s
- Food regulation and policies, 1850-1960s
- 2007-2008 Associate Dean(Research), Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences
- Fellow of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences
- 2004-2008 Senate Assessor on Glasgow University Court
- 2002-2008 Treasurer, Economic History Society
- 2007 Chair of Subject Panel for Economic and Social History, ESRC Postgraduate Studentships Interim Recognition Exercise
- 2005-2007 European Science Foundation peer reviewer
- 2005 Member of Subject Panel for Economic and Social History, ESRC Postgraduate Studentships Recognition Exercise
- 2001-2003 Academic Reviewer, History, Quality Assurance Agency
- 2004-2006 Trustee of the Business History Conference
- 2001-2002 Member of Hagley Prize Committee for Best Book in Business History
- 1999-2000 Editorial Advisory Board of H-Business, Electronic discussion list
- 1996-1997 President of the Association of Business Historians
'Real incomes of white-collar workers in Britain, 1889-1930s', British Academy Research Grant, 2005
'National Negro Business League', Carnegie Trust, 2000
'Setting and Policing Food Quality Standards: British Food Regulation, 1890-1939', Leverhulme Trust, 1995-1997
'Changes and continuities in white-collar work during World War 1: employment, earnings and enlistment at J & P Coats' offices', Business as Usual? Institutional impact in the First World War, University of Glasgow, 2 March 2016
'Changes and continuities in white-collar work during World War I: employment, earnings and enlistment in J & P Coats’ offices’, Association of Business Historians’ annual conference, 27 June 2014, Newcastle University Business School.
'"Slowly becoming sales promotion men": negotiating the career of the sales representative in Britain, 1930s-1960s', Economic History Society Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 30 March 2014.
'No Longer Frock Coats and Top Hats, but still Gentlemen: Appearances and Identities among Travelling Salesmen in Britain', AHRC "Uniforms and Identity" workshop, Northumbria University, 13 September 2013.
With Andrew Popp, 'Practically the Uniform of the Tribe: Dress Codes Among Commercial Travellers' European Business History Association and Business History Conference joint meeting, Bocconi University, Milan, 11-13 June 2009.
'Routes and Returns - sales and earnings of British commercial travellers, 1850-1938' CIBH conference'On the road - direct selling and the evolution of modern marketing', University of Reading, 15 February 2008.
'Mobility and Domesticity: British Commercial Travellers and Family life, 1890-1938', Perspectives on Retailing and Distribution History conference, CHORD, University of Wolverhampton, 14-15 September 2005.
'Ambassadors of Commerce: Images and Self-Images of the Sales Representative in Britain, 1900-1960', European Business History Association conference, Frankfurt, 1-3 September 2005.
'Selling products and service: the functions and cultures of commercial travellers in Britain 1920-1960', Association of Business Historians' Conference, Glasgow, 27-28 May 2005.
'The very foundation stone of business': attitudes and strategies among independent retailers in Britain, 1929-38', Association of Business Historians' Conference, University of Portsmouth, 29-30 June 2001.
'Obsequious salesmen and unscrupulous manufacturers': attitudes to consumers and food quality in Edwardian Britain', Perspectives on the History of Food Safety Symposium, The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, 18 May 2001.
'Roundtable: Business Historians and the Internet' and'The National Negro Business League and African-American Business Strategies, 1900-1920', Business History Conference, Miami, Florida, 20-22 April 2001.
'Cotton, Commerce and Capitalism: Assessing the Impact of Slavery on the South, 1840-1880', Glasgow Branch of the Historical Association, 4 May 2000.