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Staff and Centre Members

Dr Charles Walton


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.

Sheilagh Holmes

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.
Imogen Peck

Teaching Fellow

Dr Imogen Peck (History): 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'

Naomi Pullin

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow

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'.

 Callie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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


  • 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 Maxine Berg (History): research interests focus on global history, especially Asia and Europe in the early modern period; history of knowledge and technology; history of material culture, especially textiles, porcelain and luxury manufactured goods; also history writing and historiography 1920s - 1960s. Director of the project ‘Europe's Asian Centuries, Trading Eurasia 1600-1830’ (2010-14). Recent publications include Goods from the East: Trading Eurasia 1600-1800 (co-edited), (Palgrave, 2014), and Ed. Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the Twenty-first Century (Oxford, 2013).
  • Dr Michael Bycroft (History): a historian of early modern science, technology and medicine, specialising in French history, but paying close attention to the connections between France, the rest of Europe, and the wider world. The theme of his research is knowledge: how people acquire it, how they defend it, and what they do with it.
  • 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 Rebecca Earle (History): a cultural historian of Spanish America and early modern Europe, interested in how ordinary, every-day cultural practices such as eating or dressing, or using stamps, or reading poems, shape how we think about the world. She is currently working on a history of the potato in the 18th century.
  • 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 Beat Kümin (History): his general field is the cultural history of German-speaking Europe and England (c. 1400-1800). In particular, he works on political agency, religious life and social exchange in local communities during the early modern period.
  • Professor David Lambert (History): research expertise includes Caribbean and Atlantic histories; British imperialism, exploration and cartography in the 'long' 19th century; counterfactual histories; histories of Whiteness; historical geography.
  • 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 Peter Marshall (History): research interests focus on the religious and cultural history of early modern England, especially the Reformation and its impact.
  • 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 Sarah Richardson (History): 18th and 19th century British political history, middle-class women and political culture; electoral politics; history and computing.
  • Professor Giorgio Riello (History): Director of IAS; his research focuses on global history, 1400-1800 - history of design and material culture, history of fashion and textiles, small scale manufacturing in Europe.
  • Professor Penny Roberts (History): research expertise includes: social, religious, cultural and political history of 16th century France, especially its religious wars; peacemaking and violence; religious minorities and their networks; urban histories
  • 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.
  • Dr Claudia Stein (History): current research focuses on the medical world of eighteenth-century Enlightened Bavaria explored through an investigation of the social and professional lives of medical practitioners attached to Munich court. Also working with Roger Cooter (UCL), on the visualisation of medical practices in Germany and Britain.
  • Professor Mark Knights (History): research interests include the political culture of early modern Britain c.1550 - c.1850, with particular interests in the integration of political and social history, the nature of public discourse, the role of print, and the interaction of politics, literature and ideas.

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)