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Dr Anna French BA, PhD (Birmingham), FRHistS

Lecturer in Early Modern History History


    Personal Statement

    I am an historian of early modern religion and culture. My specialism is the history of reformation belief, including the emergence of Protestant spirituality and identity. My current research explores the history of early modern childhood, most especially Protestant perceptions of childhood, also incorporating ideas about gender and the history of emotion.

    I joined the History Department at Liverpool in 2015, after lecturing at the University of Gloucestershire between 2010 and 2015. I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2009. My teaching interests cover the European reformations, Puritanism and moderate belief, early modern childhood and family life, and beliefs in witchcraft, ‘superstition’ and the devil. I have supervised postgraduate projects covering topics such as: the puritan deathbed, female martyrdom in Reformation England and perceptions of early modern kingship. I am interested in supervising students working on early modern cultural and social history.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Elected Fellow (Royal Historical Academy 2016)
    • Elected General Secretary (European Reformation Research Group 2015)
    • Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (University of Birmingham 2012)

    Administrative Roles

    • Director of Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2016-)
    • PGR Recruitment Lead for History (2017-)
    • AHRC (NWCDTP) Lead for History (2017-)
    • External examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University (2013-2017)

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