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Dr Naomi Pullin

Dr Naomi Pullin

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow [Please note from October 2018 I will be based in the Department of History at the University of Warwick]

Faculty of History
West Road


From October 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor in Early Modern British History at the University of Warwick.

I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Professor Mark Knights and Emeritus Professor Bernard Capp and was supported by the Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Chancellor's Scholarship). After completing my doctorate, I held a Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern British History at the University of Warwick. 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) and co-ordinated the History Faculty’s Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity (CGIS). 

I moved to Cambridge in September 2017 to begin a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, co-funded by the Isaac Newton Trust. I am a Research Associate at St John's College. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Early Modern History:

Research Interests

I work on religious and gender history in the early modern Atlantic and have a particular interest in the relationship between gender and religion in the construction of female identity. My  monograph with Cambridge University Press is entitled: Female Friends and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1750. 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 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. 


I lecture and offer supervision in early modern history, particularly for Part II Specified Subject: Overseas Expansion and British Identities, 1585-1714. 

Previously, I have taught a range of papers at undergraduate and postgraduate level on early modern British, European and early American history, as well as delivered lectures and seminars on comparative, historiographical and methodological topics. From 2015-2017 I convened HI275 The British Problem (second year option module) at the University of Warwick. 

Other Professional Activities


  • British social history c.1600-1850
  • Early Modern History
  • American History

Key Publications


Female Friends and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650–1750, Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018). 

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 (under contract with Oxford University Press) (forthcoming, 2018).
  • ‘Women’s Hospitality Networks in the Eighteenth Century Transatlantic Quaker Community’. This article will be published in a special issue in Journal of Early Modern History under the theme ‘Religious Women’s Active Communities in Europe and Beyond’ (forthcoming, vol. 22, no. 1, January 2018).
  • “None fitter to do the husband's work’: Women, Domesticity and the Household in the Transatlantic Quaker Movement’, in Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Vol. 7 (Chicago: The Newberry Library, 2013), pp. 133-149.
  • ‘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