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Dr Naomi Pullin

Naomi Pullin Office:
Office Hours:
Rm 3.42, third floor of the Faculty of Arts Building
024 76573745, internal extension 73745
I will be on study leave until June 2022. I am very happy to meet in person, but please contact me via email in the first instance


Academic Profile

  • 2018 onwards: Assistant Professor in Early Modern British History, University of Warwick
  • 2017-2021: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2015-2017: Teaching Fellow in Early Modern British History, University of Warwick
  • 2015-2016: Project Co-ordinator University of Oxford on Women in the Humanities, TORCH and Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity
  • 2014: PhD History, University of Warwick
  • 2010: MA Religious and Social History 1500-1750, University of Warwick
  • 2009: BA History, University of Warwick


  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship held at University of Cambridge and University of Warwick, with match funding from the Isaac Newton Trust
  • Research Associate, St John’s College, University of Cambridge



I'm a historian of the early modern British Atlantic, with particular interests in the gender, religious and political history of Britain and its North American colonies. My first monograph Female Friends and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1750 was published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. It advances existing knowledge on the experiences and social interactions of Quaker women in England, Ireland and the American colonies over the movement's first century by placing women's roles, relationships and identities at the centre of the analysis. It shows how the movement's transition from 'sect to church' enhanced the authority and influence of women within the movement and uncovers the multifaceted ways in which female Friends at all levels were active participants in making and sustaining transatlantic Quakerism.

My current project, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, explores the relationship between sociability and solitude in early modern Britain. It provides the first in-depth study of how gender determined ideas and experiences of solitude in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Britain. Probing the relationship between sociability and solitude, and drawing on a wide range of sources, including personal diaries, correspondence, conduct literature, devotional literature, periodicals, medical texts and recipe books, the book aims to reveal how men and women managed and understood the time they spent alone. In so doing, it will problematise early modern social interactions, at a historical moment that has been regarded as giving rise to new ideas about sociability, politeness, privacy, and the emergence of the modern self.

I am also interested in the concept of enmity in the early modern British Atlantic and have conducted research and published on the experience of female enmity in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain and North America. Through detailed exploration of instances of enmity and failed friendship as recorded by women (and their male counterparts) in diaries, correspondence and in published treatises and periodicals, I seek to challenge accepted frameworks on female sociability in the early Enlightenment.

Research supervision

I am willing to supervise a range of topics in early modern British history and colonial history, at both MA and PhD level, especially topics relating to:

  • gender;
  • religious and dissenting history;
  • religious tolerance and intolerance;
  • childhood, youth, and the family;
  • hospitality, sociability and its tensions;
  • the English Civil Wars and American Revolution;
  • notions of privacy and intimacy;
  • identity, subjectivity and the emotions.

Current PhD students:

Imogen Knox (2020-2023) (co-supervision with Prof. Peter Marshall): Suicide, Self-Harm, and the Supernatural in Britain, 1560-1735

Ellie Sutton (2020-2023) (M4C co-supervision based at the University of Birmingham with Prof. Karen Harvey): The seventeenth century broadside ballad and female identity

Connor Talbot (2018-2021) (co-supervision with Prof. Mark Knights): The spectra of Emotions in the British Atlantic, c. 1590-1660

News and public engagement



Female Friends and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1750(Cambridge University Press, 2018). Shortlisted for the Ecclesiastical History Society 2019 Book Prize.

Sociability and Solitude in Early Modern Britain (book manuscript in progress)

Edited collections

with Kathryn Woods, Negotiating Exclusion in Early Modern England, 1560-1800 (Routledge, 2021).

Articles and book chapters

Failed Friendship and the Negotiation of Exclusion in Eighteenth-Century Polite Society' in Naomi Pullin and Kathryn Woods (eds.), Negotiating Exclusion in Early Modern England, 1560-1800 (Routledge, 2021).

‘‘Children of the Light’: Childhood, Youth, and Dissent in Early Quakerism', in Tali Berner and Lucy Underwood (eds), Childhood, Youth and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

‘Women's Hospitality Networks in the Eighteenth Century Transatlantic Quaker Community’, Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 22, no. 1 (January 2018): doi: 10.1163/15700658-17-00012

‘‘She Suffered for My Sake’: Female Martyrs and Lay Activists in Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1710’, in New Critical Studies on Quaker Women: 1650-1750, ed. by Catie Gill and Michele Lise Tarter (Oxford University Press, 2018).

‘Providence, Punishment and Identity Formation in the Late-Stuart Quaker Community, c.1650-1700’, The Seventeenth Century, vol. 31, no. 4 (2016), pp. 471–494: doi: 10.1080/0268117X.2016.1246261.

‘In Pursuit of Heavenly Guidance: The Religious Context of Catherine Exley’s Life and Writings’, in Rebecca Probert (ed.), Catherine Exley's Diary: The Life and Times of a Camp-follower in the Peninsular War' (Kenilworth: Brandram, 2014), pp. 79-95.

Reference work

Chapters on Joan Whitrow (c.1630-1707) and Katharine Evans (1618–1692) and Sarah Cheevers (1608–1664) in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing, general editors, Patricia Pender and Ros Smith (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

Web-based Publications

‘Solitude’ for the DIGIT.EN.S Encylopedia of British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century (August 2021).

Domestic solitude in early modern Britain for ‘Solitude in the Time of COVID-19’ blog series, May 2020.

‘Was Scotland’s Darien disaster the first great Panama financial scandal?’ The Conversation (11 April 2016)

‘‘The Lord hath joined us together’: Spiritual Friendship and Quaker women's alliances’, BBC Radio 4 Blog '500 Years of Friendship' (April 2014).

‘Mary Weston: Quaker Preacher and Missionary (1712–1766)’, biography and podcast for the ‘Brief Lives’ Project with the Warwick Early Modern Forum (May 2013).