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Dr Naomi Pullin

Associate Fellow, Department of History, University of Warwick
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*From September 2017 I will be based in the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge.

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the History Feaculty at the University of Cambridge. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in History at the University of Warwick, where I held a Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern British History from 2015-2017. In 2014-2015 I worked as a programme co-ordinator at the University of Oxford for the interdisciplinary research Centre Women in the Humanities (WiH), led by Dr Selina Todd and Dr Senia Paseta and co-ordinated the History Faculty’s Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity.

Academic Profile

  • 2017-2021: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, St John's College, History Faculty, University of Cambridge
  • 2015-July 2017: Teaching Fellow in Early Modern British History, University of Warwick.
  • 2015-2019: Steering Committee member of the Women's History Network and deputy 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 gender history in the early modern Atlantic. I have a particular interest in the relationship between gender and religion in the construction of female identity. My forthcoming monograph: 'Female Friends and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1750' is based upon my PhD and will be published in the Cambridge University Press series 'Studies in Early Modern British History' in 2018. 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.

I am also developing an innovate new research project on female enmity and conflict, entitled 'Female Foes: Conflict, Dispute and Identity in the Early Modern British Atlantic'. This project, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, 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.



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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.

    Honours, Grants and Awards (select)

    • 2017-2020: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship with match funding from the Isaac Newton Trust, University of Cambridge
    • 2017-2020: College Research Associateship at St John's College, University of Cambridge
    • 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: Recognition Award for Excellence by Oxford Faculty of History
    • 2014: Royal Historical Society Research Support Award
    • 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
    • 2012-2013: Callum MacDonald Memorial Bursary
    • 2012: Economic History Society Research Fund for Graduate Students
    • 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 Presented and Forthcoming

    • ‘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).