Committee

Committee

President: Professor Frances Knight

Frances Knight is Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Nottingham, and also works as an independent academic consultant. She studied at King’s College London and the University of Cambridge, and after a British Academy Post-doctoral fellowship at Selwyn College Cambridge, moved to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She taught there until 2009, when she was appointed to the University of Nottingham. Her research interests cluster around the Church of England from the late eighteenth century to the present, and the interactions between Christianity and culture more generally at the time when the late nineteenth century gave way to the early twentieth century world. Her books include The Nineteenth century Church and English Society (1995), The Church in the Nineteenth century (2008), Victorian Christianity at the Fin de Siecle (2015), and the jointly authored Welsh Church from Reformation to Disestablishment (2007). She is currently writing a book on Ebenezer Howard and the religious roots of the garden city movement, for OUP’s Spiritual Lives series.

Vice-President: Professor Katy Cubitt

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Katy_Cubitt_picture-766x1024.pngKaty Cubitt is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.  She studied History and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic for her BA at the University of Cambridge, where she also took her Phd, having completed an MA in Germanic Philology at University College, London.  She has worked at the Universities of Leeds, Birmingham and York (1995-2016).  Her research interests centre on the church in early Britain and its links to the continental churches, the papacy and the Mediterranean world.  She has published upon saints’ cults, pastoral care and lay piety and her work has also focused on the role of bishops and councils as pastoral and political actors and institutions.  Her publications include Anglo-Saxon Church Councils c. 650-c. 850, and The Crisis of the Oikumene, edited with Prof C. Chazelle.  Her monograph, Sin and Society: The Practice of Penance in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century England (Cambridge University Press) will be published in 2022.  Katy’s latest research project is an interdisciplinary study of religious change in seventh-century England, drawing upon recent archaeological discoveries and upon textual sources, particularly secular and canon law.

Past President: Professor Alec Ryrie

Alec Ryrie is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University, Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, London and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of seven books, most recently Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt (2019), and his The English Reformation: A Very Short History was published in 2020. He is co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. His current research is on the early history of global Protestant missions.

Secretary: Dr Jacqueline Rose

Dr Jacqueline Rose is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of St Andrews.  Her research focuses in particular on early modern history, especially the ideas and practices of Tudor and Stuart monarchy and the Church of England during the ‘Long Reformation’ of the 1530s to 1700, including discussions of the royal supremacy, religious toleration, and political thought.  She has worked on John Locke’s early religious ideas and is editing some of the Earl of Clarendon’s writings on Catholicism.  Her first book was Godly Kingship in Restoration England: The Politics of the Royal Supremacy, 1660-1688 (Cambridge University Press, 2011); and she is working on a monograph about kingship and counsel in early modern England.  She has edited a volume of essays, The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland, 1286-1707 (Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2016) and co-edited another with Colin Kidd, Political Advice: Past, Present and Future (forthcoming with IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

Treasurer: Mr Simon Jennings

Editor: Professor Charlotte Methuen

Charlotte Methuen is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Glasgow, having previously taught at the Universities of Hamburg, Bochum, and Oxford. Her research interests include the Reformation, the history of women’s ministry, and the history of the ecumenical movement, and she has published widely in all these areas. In the early modern period, her current research focuses on the interactions between proponents of Reformation in different geographical areas, and the role of language and translation in reformation processes. Her research in the twentieth century considers the ecumenical movement in the interwar period, and particularly the 1920 Lambeth conference, and the role of George Bell in the Life and Work Movement.  Charlotte has also been closely involved in Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical dialogue.  She has been a co-editor of Studies in Church History since 2011.

Editor: Professor Andrew Spicer

Andrew Spicer is a Professor of Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University.

Assistant Editor: Dr Tim Grass

Tim Grass is the society’s Assistant Editor, and a Senior Research Fellow at Spurgeon’s College, London. His PhD (King’s College, London, 1997) examined the ecclesiology of the Brethren and the Catholic Apostolic Church in historical context. He has continued to write on modern British Nonconformity, and also on ecumenical dialogue involving the Eastern churches. Among his books are SCM Core Text: Modern Church History (2008), The Lord’s Watchman: A Life of Edward Irving (2011), F. F. Bruce: A Life (2011), and Two Centuries of Baptists in Guernsey (2013). Currently he is working on a book about the history of the Catholic Apostolic Church, and a biography of a Brethren missionary to Spain, E. H. Trenchard. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and lives on the Isle of Man. 

Assistant Editor: Dr Alice Soulieux-Evans

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Alice Soulieux-Evans is the society’s new Assistant Editor, who will be taking over from Dr Tim Grass over the course of the academic year 2021–22. She is an historian of early modern England, with a particular interest in debates about the Church of England, the nature of ‘Anglicanism’, the legacy of the Reformation, and issues of conformity, comprehension, and toleration. Her PhD (Cambridge, 2019), under the supervision of Prof. Alexandra Walsham, was on the place of cathedrals in debates about English Protestantism in the late seventeenth century. She is currently working on various publications and is part of a new podcast, launching in autumn 2021, looking at works from the Parker Society Library.

Conference Secretary: Professor Elizabeth Tingle

Elizabeth Tingle is Professor of Early Modern European History Head of the School of Humanities at De Montfort University, Leicster. She is the author of Authority and Society in Nantes during the French Wars of Religion (Manchester University Press, 2006), Purgatory and Piety in Brittany 1480–1720 (Ashgate, 2012), Indulgences after Luther: Pardons in Counter-Reformation France (Pickering & Chatto, 2015), joint editor with Jonathan Willis of Dying, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Reformation Europe (Ashgate, 2015), as well as many other essays and articles on the religious wars and the Counter-Reformation in France. She is currently working on a project on long-distance pilgrimage in north-west Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Publicity Secretary: Chris Langley

Chris Langley is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History at Newman University, Birmingham. His work explores the development of Reformed Protestant identity in seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland especially in Scotland. He is particularly interested in how Reformed Protestants worshipped and interacted on a day-to-day basis with their Church and what this tells us about the relationship between congregation, minister and Church hierarchy. Chris completed his doctorate at Aberdeen in 2012 after undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Birmingham. Most of his work addresses questions of worship and ecclesiology. Routledge published my first book Worship, Civil War and Community, 1638-1660 in late 2015 and an edited volume The Minutes of the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, 1648-1659 came out in mid-2016. He is currently completing a monograph entitled Cultures of Care: Domestic Welfare and the Church of Scotland, c. 1600-1689 as well as other pieces on the mid-seventeenth century Church settlement in Scotland. 

Committee Member: Dr Geraldine Vaughan

Geraldine Vaughan is a lecturer at the University of Rouen (Normandy, France) and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She lectures on late modern British history. Her current research project focuses on anti-Catholicism and British identities in a British and imperial context during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Committee Member: Dr Ruth Atherton

Ruth Atherton is a Lecturer in History at the University of South Wales. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2018 and she has held teaching positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Gloucestershire. Ruth’s work explores the development of early modern sacramental education with a particular focus on the Holy Roman Empire in the sixteenth century. She is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘The invisible grace of God’: Sacramental Education in Reformation Germany, 1525-1610 as well as pieces on confessional identity formation across early-modern Germany.

Committee Member: Rev Dr Robert Evans

Robert Evans is Chaplain and Director of Studies in theology at Christ’s College Cambridge. He read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge and trained for ministry at Ridley Hall, before doing a doctorate under the supervision of Rosamond McKitterick. This focused the relationship between theology and the writing of history in the Carolingian Empire, with a particular interest on God’s agency in history, and which he is currently revising for publication. He is also an ordained priest in the Church of England and served his curacy at Christ Church in north Cambridge.

Committee Member: Rev Dr Kenneth S. Jeffrey

Dr Ken Jeffrey is a Senior Lecturer in modern Church History at the University of Aberdeen and coordinator of the Centre for Ministry Studies. After fourteen years as a parish minister, Ken returned to the academy in 2014. Previously, he completed his PhD at Stirling University under the supervision of Prof David Bebbington. His thesis, that examined the 1859 revival in the north east of Scotland, was published under the title When the Lord walked the land. At Aberdeen, Ken has renewed his interest in Scottish revivals and is currently researching the All Scotland Crusade and  visit of Billy Graham to Glasgow in 1955.

Committee Member: Professor Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is professor of the history of modern theology at the University of Oxford and vice-principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He has written widely on many aspects of modern church history and theology, focusing on Anglo-German relations, nineteenth- and twentieth-century English Church history, Anglicanism, and history of German theology. Among his many books are The Fantasy of Reunion: Anglicans, Catholics and Ecumenism, 1833-1882 (OUP, 2014), Theology at War and Peace (Routledge, 2017) and Anglican Theology (T & T Clark2012).

Committee Member: Rosamond McKitterick

Rosamond McKitterick is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and Professor Emerita of Medieval History in the University of Cambridge. She received the degrees of M.A., Ph.D., and Litt.D. from the University of Cambridge and studied Latin palaeography in Munich under Bernhard Bischoff in 1974-75. She is currently the Chair of the Faculty of Archeology, History and Letters of the British School at Rome. She has published extensively on the Frankish church, literacy, manuscript transmission, perceptions of the past, historical writing and political culture in the early middle ages, including The Carolingians and the Written Word (1989), History and Memory in the Carolingian World (2004), and Charlemagne: the formation of a European identity (Cambridge, 2008).  She was awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken International Prize for History by the Royal Dutch Academy in 2010. Her current interests are the migration of ideas and transmission of knowledge in the early middle ages, with a particular focus at present on the implications and impact of the historical and legal texts produced during the sixth, seventh and eighth centuries in Rome. 

Committee Member: Dan Cruickshank

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is EHS-Bio-Image-277543-2-768x1024.jpegDan Cruickshank is a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow considering the actions of the central hierarchy of the Church of England towards the Third Reich, and the relationship between the Church and the British State in this period. His first book The Theology and Ecclesiology of the Prayer Book Crisis, 1906-1928 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.

Committee Member: Dr Anna French

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is drannafrench001.jpgAnna French is an historian of religion and belief and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Children of Wrath: Possession, Prophecy and the Young in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2015), which examines both theological and ‘popular’ narratives about early modern childhood. She is editor of Early Modern Childhood: An Introduction (Routledge, 2019) and Reading The Reformations (Brill, 2021). Her short history, The Reformations in Britain, will appear in the Seminar Studies series in early 2022. Anna’s recent research explores the theological and cultural underpinnings of Reformation perceptions of conception, pregnancy and childbirth, and will be published as a second monograph, Born In Sin: the Spirituality of Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy in Post-Reformation England (OUP, 2022).  She is the General Secretary of the European Reformation Research Group and the Director of the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 

Webmaster & Publicity Officer: Angela Platt

Angela Platt is an Associate Lecturer & Tutor in Modern History (at St Mary’s University & Royal Holloway), and a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her dissertation is on how love is valued and demonstrated amongst religious families of Old Dissent in England, 1780-1850. Her published & forthcoming works are on the intersection between emotions and religion.