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Dr Naomi Pullin

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H315, third floor of the Humanities Building
024 76573745, internal extension 73745
I am not teaching in Terms 2 or 3, so please contact me to arrangement an appointment


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


Modules currently taught

Modules taught in the past

  • HI203 The European World (undergraduate core module)
  • HI266 Deviance and Nonconformity in Pre-Modern Europe (undergraduate second-year option module)
  • AM204 Early American Social History (undergraduate second-year option module)


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, is entitled 'Female Foes: Conflict, Dispute and Identity in the Early Modern British Atlantic', and provides the first study of female enmities in Britain and North America in the seventeenth- and eighteenth centuries. This is a period that has frequently been regarded as an age of sociability and politeness as new spaces for sociable interaction emerged like the coffee house, tea table and salon. But my project seeks to explore the tensions and opportunities for isolation and exclusion that emerged in these interactions and spaces. Through detailed exploration of instances of incivility as recorded by women (and their male counterparts) in diaries, correspondence and in published treatises and periodicals, my project seeks 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;
  • identity, subjectivity and the emotions.




Female Friends and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650–1750 (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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

Edited collections

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

Articles and book chapters

‘‘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).

‘‘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.

Web-based Publications

‘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).