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Dr Naomi Pullin

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Office: H3.07
Office Hours: Mondays 2-3; Tuesdays 11-12; Thursdays 10-11.

Academic Profile

  • 2015-present: Teaching Fellow in Early Modern British History, University of Warwick.
  • 2015-2019: Steering Committee member of the Women's History Network and editor of their journal: Women's History.
  • 2015-2016: Project Co-ordinator for Women in the Humanities, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (University of Oxford).
  • 2015: Senior Editor Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick.
  • 2014-2015: Co-ordinator for the Centre of Gender, Identity and Subjectivity, University of Oxford.
  • 2014-2015: Part-time Tutor and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Warwick.
  • 2011-2014: PhD, History, University of Warwick (thesis passed with no corrections). Funded by the Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Chancellor's Scholarship) and supervised by Emeritus Professor Bernard Capp and Professor Mark Knights.
  • 2009-2010: MA Religious and Social History 1500-1750, University of Warwick. Distinction. Winner of the Sir John Elliott prize for 'Most Outstanding History MA 2009-2010'.
  • 2006-2009: BA (Hons.), History, University of Warwick. First class.


I am an early career researcher with an interest in religious and social history in the early modern Atlantic. I have a particular interest in the relationship between gender and religion in the construction of female identity. I am currently adapting my PhD thesis (obtained from the University of Warwick in 2014) into a monograph titled: 'Gender, Identity and the Making ofTransatlantic Quakerism, c.1650-1750'. It advances existing knowledge on the experiences and social interactions of Quaker women in England, Ireland and the colonies between 1650 and 1750 by reconceptualising the relationship between female identity and domesticity. Further details about my research can be found here.

I am also developing an innovate new research project on female enmity and conflict, entitled 'Making Enemies: Conflict, Disputes and the Cultivation of Female Identity in the early modern British Atlantic'. This project will provide the first in-depth study of female enmities in the 17th and 18th centuries and will question whether female antagonisms had a distinctly gendered dimension and how this transformed as it crossed the Atlantic.In May 2017 I will be co-organising a conference with Dr Kathryn Woods on the theme 'Cultures of Exclusion in the Early Modern World: Enemies and Strangers, 1600-1800'.

I have published and adapted the first chapter of my thesis in the Newberry Library's Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and have a chapter in an edited collection of the diary of Catherine Exley, a camp follower during the Pennsinsular Wars. In June 2013 I was the sole convenor of a conference at Warwick, entitled 'Domestic Dissidents', which sought to re-examine the lives and everyday exchanges of radical religious women. In 2013, I acted as a consultant for Dr Thomas Dixon's BBC Radio 4 series 'Five Hundred Years of Friendship'.



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    Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy following successful completion of the Postgraduate Teaching Award: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The portfolio was awarded commendation for its ‘outstanding’ quality and deep engagement with and reflection on the relevant theoretical literature.

    Grants and Awards

    • 2016-2017: John Brockway Huntington Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, California
    • 2016: QMCECS/BSECS Early Career Visiting Fellowship (joint award from the Queen Mary Centre for
      Eighteenth Century Studies / British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies)
    • 2016: Nominated and long-listed for ‘Unsung Hero Award’ for the Warwick Staff Awards
    • 2011-2014: Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
    • 2015/2016: The International John Bunyan Society Research Support Bursary
    • 2015: Recognition Award for Excellence by Oxford Faculty of History
    • 2014: Royal Historical Society Research Support Award
    • 2014: Research Support Grant awarded by the Warwick Digital Humanities team, Faculty of Arts.
    • 2013: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Research Fellowship awarded by Warwick Centre Studies for the Renaissance
    • 2013: Newberry Center for the Renaissance Studies Consortium Travel Grant
    • 2013: University of Warwick Humanities Research Fund
    • 2013: Humanities Research Centre; Department of History; and Early Modern Forum grants for Domestic Dissidents Conference (June 2013).
    • 2012-2013: Callum MacDonald Memorial Bursary
    • 2012-2013: University of Warwick American Study and Student Exchange Committee (ASSEC)
    • 2012: Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Research Support Grant
    • 2012: Economic History Society Research Fund for Graduate Students
    • 2011-2012: Higgs and Cooper Educational Charity
    • 2009-2010: Winner of the Sir John Elliott prize for 'Most Outstanding History MA, 2009-2010'


    • Malcolm Gaskill, Between Two Worlds: How the British Became Americans (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), in English Historical Review (June, 2016).
    • Sarah Apetrei and Hannah Smith (eds.), Religion and Women in Britain, c.1660-1760 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), in Gender & History (May, 2015).
    • Veerle Fraeters and Imke de Gier (eds.), Mulieres Religiosae: Shaping Female Spiritual Authority in the MEdieval and Early Modern Periods (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014), in History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (2015).
    • Emily Clark and Mary Laven (eds.), Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), in History of Women Religious of Britian and Ireland (2014).
    • Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 66, no. 1 (January 2015), pp. 204-5.
    • Susan E. Klepp and Karin Wulf (eds.), The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom: Sense and Sensibility in the Age of the American Revolution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010), in Quaker Studies (March, 2013).

    Public Engagement, Personal Development and Other Responsibilities

    Current Organisational Responsibilities:  

    Other Positions of Responsibility:

    Professional Development (Select):

    • ‘Applying new digital methods to the humanities’, funded by the AHRC and supported by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), British Library (27 June 2014).
    • From Manuscript to Print: an Introduction to Paleography, run by the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (January-March 2011).
    • Copyediting and editing in Word course, run by the Publishing Training Centre (November 2011).

    Invited talks

    • ‘Friends and Foes in the Early Quaker Community’. Print and Materiality Seminar Series, John Rylands, University of Manchester (17 December).
    • ‘Gender, Identity and Itinerancy in the Transatlantic Quaker Community: the Travels and Trials of Mary Weston, Quaker Preacher and Missionary, 1712-1766, Gender and History in the Americas Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, London (2 November).
    • ‘Imaginary Friends: Female Belonging and Identity within the Transatlantic Quaker Community’. Gender, Women and Culture Seminar Series, University of Oxford (19 May).
    • 'The Life and Times of Catherine Exley: The Religious Context'. The Life and Times of Catherine Exley, University of Warwick, jointly organised by the Law and History Departments, (28 June).
    • ‘[T]hy lawful work, and thy duty’: daily life and the domestic experiences of women within the transatlantic Quaker community, 1650-c.1750’, RHS Postgraduate Speaker Series, Newcastle University, and Guest speaker for 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference: ‘Exploring Connections: Networks, Communications and Identities’ (23-24 May).
    • 'Piety Promoted': The everyday lives and experiences of Quaker women in a transatlantic religious community, c.1650-c.1750'. Woodbrooke College Birmingham, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies (14 June).

    Conference Papers Presented and Forthcoming

    • ‘Domestic Dissidents: The Household and the Construction of Female Identity in the Transatlantic Quaker Community, 1650-1750’, Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation, International John Bunyan Society, Aix-en-Provence (6-9 July).
    • ‘Female Foes: Conflict, Disputes and the Cultivation of Female Identity in Seventeenth-Century Britain’Publish, Difficult Women Conference, University of York (27–28 November).
    • ‘Spiritual housewives and nursing fathers: domestic devotions and the construction of gendered identity in the transatlantic Quaker community, c.1650–c.1750’, Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 1400–1800, University of Cambridge (9–11 July).
    • ‘Enmity and Emotion in the Early Modern Atlantic’, Humanitas Worksop in the History of Emotions with Professor Barbara Rosenwein and Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute), University of Oxford (12 May).
    • ‘[U]nited by this holy cement’: female companionship and friendship within the transatlantic Quaker community, 1650–c.1700’. Renaissance Society of America : Sixty-First Annual Meeting, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (26–28 March 2015).
    • 'Female Friends and the transatlantic Quaker community: 'the whole family and household of faith', c.1650-c.1750'. Long-Eighteenth-Century Research in Progress Seminar, University of Oxford (29 October 2014).
    • 'The Quaker prophet and the tub-preacher: rethinking the place of the tub in seventeenth-century anti-Quaker polemic'. Built Ideas and Imagined Objects in the Early Modern World, University of Cambridge (3 July 2014).
    • 'Domesticating dissent: the social worlds of Quaker women within a transatlantic community, 1650-1750'. Early Modern Seminar Series, University of Warwick (25 February 2014).
    • 'The Life and Times of Catherine Exley: The Religious Context'. The Life and Times of Catherine Exley, Univeristy of Warwick, jointly organised by the Law and History Departments, (28 June 2013).
    • ‘This pure act of friendship’: itinerant women’s connections and network formation within early Quakerism, c.1650-c.1750'. RHS Guest speaker for 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference: Exploring Connections: Networks, Communications and Identities, Newcastle University (24 May 2013).
    • 'Female ‘Friendships’ in the transatlantic Quaker community, c.1650 – c.1750'. Warwick-Queen Mary Collaboration on the Concepts and practices of friendship in the long-eighteenth century, University of Warwick (8 February 2013).
    • ‘[T]he whole Family and Household of faith’: community, domesticity and the everyday in the lives of colonial Quaker women'. Religion in American Life hosted by the Institute of North American Studies at King's College and the School of History and Centre for American Studies at the University of Kent, Kings College, London (22-24 February 2013).
    • 'None fitter to do the husband's work': Women, Domesticity, and the Household in the Transatlantic Quaker Movement. Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2013 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Library, Chicago, (24-26 January 2013).
    • 'Prophecy has and must cease': Rethinking the role of women in the transatlantic Quaker community, c.1650-c.1750'. NGender seminar series, University of Sussex (8 June 2012).
    • 'A web of ‘community conversations’: the impact of women’s letter writing on the transatlantic Quaker community, 1675-1753'. Warwick History Postgraduate Conference 2011/2012, University of Warwick,(31 May - 1 June 2012).
    • ‘Supply[ing] my place in my absence’: The letters of Quaker women within a transatlantic religious community, c.1650-c.1750'. 2nd Warwick-Boston Conference on the Atlantic World, University of Warwick (24 May 2012).
    • 'Whores, witches and scolds': The aesthetics and construction of Quaker women's suffering narratives, c.1650-c.1700'. Arts Faculty Postgraduate Seminar Series, University of Warwick (23 May 2012).
    • 'Unruly women and ‘brazen whore[s]': controlling female piety within the Quaker and non-Quaker communities, c1650‒1750. The Early Modern-Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation-Early Modern Annual Symposium (EMREM)., University of Birmingham (17 May 2012).
    • 'Providential Punishment and the Quaker Debate in Seventeenth Century England, c.1650-1700'. Warwick History Postgraduate Conference 2009/2010, University of Warwick (27 May 2010).


    Dr Naomi Pullin

    Specialisation: Quaker women in the transatlantic community; early modern religious and social history.


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    Department of History
    The University of Warwick
    Coventry, CV4 7AL
    United Kingdom

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