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Associate Fellow, Professor Steve Hindle

Academic Profile

I was born and educated in Warrington (Lancashire), where I was fortunate to have been taught by an inspirational teacher of history, the late Tom Capper. I received my first degree from Fitzwilliam College Cambridge in 1986. I subsequently studied for an MA in History and Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, before returning to work on my Cambridge PhD under the supervision of Keith Wrightson. The thesis, completed in 1992, was published in revised form as The State and Social Change in Early Modern England, c.1550-1640 in 2000.

I was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Girton College Cambridge in 1991 and was appointed as one of the first Warwick Research Fellows in the Department of History at Warwick in 1995, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2001, and Professor in 2004. From 2003, I played an increasingly active role in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick and acted as its Director between 2005 and 2007. My responsibilities included leading the first of the workshops (entitled 'Space, Culture and Power: The Built Environment in Renaissance England') arranged under the auspices of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Warwick-Newberry Library initiative to foster interdisciplinary research in Renaissance and early modern culture. I acted as Deputy Head of the Warwick History Department in 2009-10 and assumed the Headship wef 1 october 2010. I will leave the department to assume the Directorship of Research at the Huntington Library in San Marino California wef 1 July 2011.

Between 1999 and 2004, I acted as annual reviewer of periodical literature for the Economic History Review. of which I became Junior Editor in 2007 and Managing Editor in 2009. I also sit on the editorial boards of the journals Rural History, the Journal of Historical Sociology and Histoire Sociale/Social History. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; and a member of the Executive Committee of the Economic History Society; of the British Academy Publications Committee on Records of Economic and Social History; and of the Council of the Dugdale Society. Between 1995 and 2001, I co-organised the Oxford Discussion Group on the State at St Peter's College Oxford. I have been awarded both the John Nichols Prize in English Local History by the University of Leicester (in 1995) and the Alexander Prize of the Royal Historical Society (in 1997).

Undergraduate Modules Taught
Postgraduate Modules Taught

My first book, The State and Social Change in Early Modern England, was an attempt to explore the scale of popular participation in the process of governing rural England in the period c.1550-1640. Its concluding chapter, focussing on the governance of the rural parish, led me to an analysis not only of the social status and political attitudes of office-holders in rural communities, but also to an investigation of the politics of the poor rate. Over the past five years I have researched and published a number of case studies of the patterns of local social relations in a wide range of English communities, including analyses not only of the loops of association which bound together subordinate groups but also of the allocation of entitlement under the Elizabethan poor laws. My second monograph, entitled On the Parish?: The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England, c.1550-1750, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004, and was re-issued in paperback in 2009. I have also contributed a substantial introduction to an edition (prepared with Heather Falvey) of the Layston-with-Buntingford Parish Memorandum Book, c.1607-1750, which was published by the Hertfordshire Record Society in 2004. I have begun to prepare the ground for my next project, a monographic study of 'The Social Topography of a Rural Community: The Warwickshire Parish of Chilvers Coton, c.1600-1730', on which I began intensive work while on leave in 2008-2009. In the last year or two I have written and published a number of working papers, including one on the harvest crisis of the late 1640s, another on representations of the Midland Rising of 1607, a third on beating the bounds of the parish in early modern England, and a fourth on an exceptionally well-documented violent affray in Elizabethan Nantwich (Cheshire).

Doctoral Research Supervision

I have (co-)supervised University of Warwick doctoral dissertations by the the following candidates on the following topics:-

  • Dr. Kate Retford, 'Family and Familiarity: The Domestic Sphere in Eighteenth-Century English Visual Culture' (2000) [with Prof. Michael Rosenthal]

  • Dr. Catherine Wright, 'The Spatial Ordering of Community in the English Parish Church, c.1550-1700' (2000)

  • Dr. Amanda Jones, '"Commotion Time": The English Risings of 1549' (2003) [with Dr. Peter Marshall]

  • Dr. Juliet Ingram, 'The Conscience of the Community: The Character and Development of Clerical Complaint in Early Modern England' (2004)

  • Dr. Heather Falvey, 'Custom, Resistance and Politics: Local Experiences of Improvement in Seventeenth-Century England' (2007)

  • Dr Brodie Waddell, 'Poverty, Property and Profit in English Popular Culture, c.1660-1720' (2009)

  • Dr Peter Bysouth, 'Small Towns in the Developing Regional Economy of Nineteenth-Century Hertfordshire' (2009) [with Dr. Sarah Richardson]

  • Dr Mark Hailwood, 'Alehouses and Sociability in Seventeenth-Century England' (2011)

I currently have doctoral students working on vagrancy and labour mobility in late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth-century England; on the relationship between the literary stereotype and the historical experience of vagrancy in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England; on almshouses and provision for the elderly in early modern society; on landlord-tenant relations in the Scottish borders; and on the marriage strategies of the late-seventeenth-century Warwickshire gentry.

Given my recent appointment to a position in California and my imminent departure from the Warwick History Department, I am no longer in a posiution to accept proposals to undertake doctoral research under my supervision.