Research output per year
Research output per year
William joined the University of Hertfordshire as Lecturer in History in September 2023. His research focuses on the political, religious, and intellectual history of early modern Britain and the Atlantic World. He completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in 2020 and then held a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of York.
William's first monograph, The Lord's Battle: Preaching, Print and Royalism during the English Revolution, was published by Manchester University Press in April 2023. This showed how the production of sermon literature during the Civil Wars and Interregnum was integral in creating royalist identities, mobilising support for Charles I's war effort, and influencing the decision making of political elites.
William is currently writing a second book on ideas and practices of peace during the upheavals of the mid-seventeenth century, provisionally entitled The Pursuit of Peace in Revolutionary Britain and the Atlantic, 1637-c.1670. This seeks to move away from scholarly preoccupation with the causes of these violent conflicts and to think instead about how contemporaries pursued their mitigation and resolution. It also stresses the need to understand the British problem of peace in a wider Atlantic and colonial context.
A paper based on this research was awarded the 2022 Pollard Prize, for the best paper presented by an early career scholar at an Institute of Historical Research seminar, and published as an article in Historical Research in 2023. William has also recently published journal articles on the political thought of the early Stuart MP Sir John Eliot (Historical Journal) and on the political uses of disinformation during the early 1640s (Historical Research).
- The British Revolutions (c. 1630-1670) and their Atlantic Context
- Political and Religious Ideas
- Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
- Print Culture and Political Communication
- Indigenous Histories of Early America
During the 2023-4 academic year, William is leading the following modules:
4SHE2020: History on the Page, Stage and Screen
4SHE2024: Africa in the World, 1500-1850
5HUM1202: Everyday Lives: An Intimate History of Twentieth-Century Women
Political Thought and Intellectual History, M.Phil., Distinction, University of Cambridge
Oct 2014 → Jul 2015
Award Date: 1 Jul 2015
History, BA (hons), First Class, University of Oxford
Oct 2010 → Jul 2013
Award Date: 1 Jul 2013
History, D.Phil. , University of Oxford
Oct 2016 → Jan 2020
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review