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Early Modern History Staff

Current Staff

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Dr Charles Walton (History): research interests include Old Regime, Enlightenment and Revolutionary France, with emphases on democratization, rights, liberalism and economic justice. Director of the Eighteenth Century Centre 2019-Present.

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Centre Coordinator

Michelle Nortey (History): responsible for the day-to-day operations of the centre, including financial administration and assisting in the organisation of events, conferences, seminars and other meetings.

Maxine Berg

Professor Maxine Berg

Global trade and material culture in the early modern world; Economic and social history in 18th and early 19th century Britain and Europe; Intellectual history

Dr Jonathan Davies

History of the Italian states c.1300-c.1600; history of the elites; history of ritual; history of violence; history of universities

Dr Aysu Dincer Hadjianastasis

Social and economic history of the Eastern Mediterranean in the late Middle Ages; History of the crusades and the crusader states; History of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus; History of Venice; Social and economic history of early medieval England; England and Scotland in the fifteenth century

Professor Rebecca Earle

Colonial and nineteenth-century Spanish American history

Mark Knights

Professor Mark Knights

Political culture of early modern Britain; the role of print; interaction of politics, literature and ideas

Beat Kumin

Professor Beat Kümin

English and Central European social history, c.1450-c.1650; the history of inns and taverns; parish communities in the Age of the Reformation

David Lambert

Professor David Lambert

Caribbean and Atlantic histories; British imperialism, exploration and cartography in the 'long' 19th century; counterfactual histories; histories of Whiteness; historical geography

Professor Tim Lockley

Colonial North America; southern history; slavery; Native Americans

Dr Naomi Pullin (History): research interests include religious and gender history in the early modern British Atlantic, with particular interests in the early Quaker community; the roles of women in Protestant dissent; and sociability, friendship and enmity in the 17th and 18th centuries. Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project 'Female Foes: Conflict, Dispute and Identity in the Early Modern British Atlantic'.

Professor Peter Marshall

Religious and cultural history of early modern England, especially the Reformation and its impact

Dr Imogen Peck

Teaches the History of Social and Political Ideas 1650-1850
Module Convenor for 'HI174 The Enlightenment'
Module Convenor for 'HI2A5 Individual, Polis and Society: Philosophical Reflections in History'

Dr Callie Wilkinson
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project 'Scandals, state secrets, and the dissemination of information about the East India Company'.

Dr Luca Molà

Early modern Italian history; silk industry; patenting innovation, sumptuary legislation

Sarah Richardson

Dr Sarah Richardson

18th and 19th century British political history, middle-class women and political culture; electoral politics; history and computing


Professor Penny Roberts

16th century French history, especially the Wars of Religion

Rosa Salzberg

Dr Rosa Salzberg

Italian Renaissance history; early print culture; migration history


Dr Claudia Stein

Medicine and science in early modern Germany (1500-1800); enlightenment science and medicine, strategies of biopower (1800-today); visual culture and medicine (1500-today); the history of epistemology

  • Professor Katherine Astbury (French): research interests include questions of literary history and literary influence 1750-1815, primarily in France. In particular, she has an interest in both fiction and prints of the Revolutionary decade. Currently running an AHRC-funded project on French theatre of the Napoleonic Era, with a particular focus on the Hundred Days and also on melodrama. Author of The Moral Tale in France and Germany 1750-1789 (Voltaire Foundation, 2002), Narrative Responses to the Trauma of the French Revolution (Legenda, 2012). Co-curator of Napoleon's Last Stand: The 100 days in 100 objects, online exhibition, University of Warwick, 2015.
  • Professor Ann Hallamore Caesar (Italian): research interests include 19th and 20th century narrative; Pirandello and the history of women's reading. Author of Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello (OUP, 1998).
  • Dr Rosie Dias (History of Art): current research interests include Eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British art and visual culture; colonial art, particularly in India; British artists in Venice.
  • Professor Anne Gerritsen (History): research interests include early modern Chinese history; global history; material culture of early modern China, especially porcelain; and the history of Jiangxi.
  • Dr John Gilmore (English): his research interests include satire; the history of translation in the eighteenth century; British and Caribbean literature in the long eighteenth century in English and Latin; issues relating to the reception of classical literature and to Latin, race and gender; and the history of cultural relations between China and the West, especially in the period from the eighteenth century to the present, and with a focus on Western representations of China. He is particularly interested in eighteenth-century Latin verse and its rôle as cultural capital, and in the history of translation into Latin verse as a means of introducing European readers to non-European literatures.
  • Dr James Hodkinson (German): his main areas of specialisation and interest include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germanophone discourses on Orientalism, philhellenism and cosmopolitanism; German Romanticism, its historical context, modern and postmodern receptions; and constructions of gender in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century thought and literature
  • Professor Tina Lupton (English): research interests cover eighteenth-century literature; the historical experience of time; theories of the novel; it-narratives; material cultural studies; theories of media and mediation; systems theory in a literary context.
  • Professor Mark Philp (History): Director of the European History Research Centre, Director of Research for the History Dept,. Research interests cover political theory and political sociology; political corruption and issues relating to standards in public life; history of political thought and British history at the time of the French Revolution.
  • Professor Michael Rosenthal (History of Art, Emeritus): His scholarship has investigated the arts within British social and cultural histories, mainly of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has an abiding concern with landscape and has recently completed a study of colonial art in Australia 1788-1840.
  • Professor Stephen Shapiro (English): his research interests focus on writing and culture of the United States, particularly the pre-twentieth century period; Cultural Studies; literary theory; marxism, world-systems analyses; urban and spatial studies, sociology of religion, television studies, and critiques of mental disease.
  • Dr John Snape (Law): he has written on property law, tax law and mooting skills and my current research is concentrated in two main areas: the taxation of corporate finance and the use of economic instruments (especially environmental taxes) for environmental protection.

Associate Staff


Dr Marjolein Schepers

Vrije Universiteit Brussel & IAS Fernandes Fellow 2020-21

Bernard Capp

Emeritus Professor Bernard Capp

Radical movements in seventeenth-century England; popular beliefs and popular culture; women’s history in early modern England

Helen Clifford

Honarary Fellow Helen Clifford

Honarary Fellow

Henry Cohn

Emeritus Reader Henry Cohn

The German Peasants War 1524-26; Political and social history of the Holy Roman Empire 1350-1600

Margot Finn

Honorary Professor Margot Finn

19th century British social and cultural history of gender, consumption and law

Mark Greengrass

Honorary Professor Mark Greengrass

16th-17th century France; French Wars of Religion

Gad Heuman

Emeritus Professor Gad Heuman

Caribbean history during slavery and after emancipation

Steve Hindle

Associate Fellow Steve Hindle

Social, cultural and economic history of England, 1500-1800, especially the social order, poverty and popular protest


Emeritus Professor Anthony McFarlane

Spanish American colonial history, especially in Colombia; colonian rebellions and wars of independence in Spanish America; comparative history of the Americas

Angela McShane

Associate Fellow Angela McShane

Social and cultural history of early modern history; the material culture of popular politics and the everyday in early modern England

Research Staff


Dr Michael Bycroft

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project "Jewellers, Travellers and the Science of Gems in France, 1630-1830"


Dr Adrianna Catena

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project "The Hatters’ Blues: A Microglobal History of New World Dyes in Early Modern Spain"

Dr Lucy Underwood

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project "Imagining Englands: Confessionalisation, Catholicism and National Identity after the English Reformation"


Dr Guido van Meersbergen

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project "Cross-Cultural Diplomacy Compared: European Diplomats in South Asia (1600-1750)"

Associates of the Centre

  • Dr Helen Clifford (Associate Fellow, History, Warwick): Museum Consultant for the ERC-funded project 'Europe's Asian Centuries, Trading Eurasia 1600-1830'. Works on seventeenth and eighteenth century silver, particularly networks of manufacture and methods of sale. As a quarter-time Senior Research Fellow at Warwick, she has special responsibility for collaborative projects running between Warwick and Waddesdon Manor. She is a freelance writer and exhibitions curator. Publications include Silver in London: The Parker and Wakelin Partnership 1760-76 (Yale, 2004). She curates the Swaledale Museum in Reeth, North Yorkshire - a local collection exploring lead mining and social history. She also teaches for the V&A/RCA MA in conservation, and is an External Examiner for the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
  • Professor Mark Greengrass (emeritus, University of Sheffield). Author of Christendom Destroyed. A History of Europe (1517-1648), volume 5 of the New Penguin History of Europe (general editor, Sir David Cannadine), July 2014 Penguin UK, and December 2014 Viking Press, USA, and many other works.
  • Professor Jan de Vries (History, University of California, Berkeley): his research covers European economic history. Recent publications include an edited book, with Philipp Robinson Roessner and Markus A. Denzel, Small is Beautiful? Interlopers and Smaller Trading Nations in the Pre-industrial Period (Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2011)