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Dr Naomi Pullin

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Warwick
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Academic Profile
  • 2018 onwards: Assistant Professor in Early Modern British History, University of Warwick
  • 2017-2018: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2015-2017: Teaching Fellow in Early Modern British History, University of Warwick
  • 2015-2015: Part-time Tutor and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Warwick
  • 2014: PhD History, University of Warwick
  • 2010: MA Religious and Social History 1500-1750, University of Warwick
  • 2009: BA History, University of Warwick


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 Leverhule 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 the concepts of ‘friendship’ and ‘enmity’ 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 by showing how an emerging culture of civility and politeness enhanced discussions about enmity and hostility.



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

Civil Adversaries: Enmity and Female Identity in the Early Modern British Atlantic (book manuscript in progress)

Articles and book chapters

‘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.

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

‘Women’s Hospitality Networks in the Eighteenth Century Transatlantic Quaker Community’, Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 22, no. 1 (January 2018).

‘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).


Dr Naomi Pullin

Specialisation: Gender and religion in the early modern British Atlantic

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