CREMS Academic staff

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor of English Literature

Department of English Literature

  • John Donne and his contemporaries
  • Seventeenth-century religious poetry and prose
  • John Milton and his contemporaries
  • Early modern print and manuscript culture

Dr Peter Auger

Dr Peter Auger

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

  • Franco-British literary relations
  • Translation, imitation, and multilingual practices
  • Literary reception and cultural mobility
  • Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century religious poetry

Dr Katie Bank

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Department of History

Katie Bank is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Birmingham researching musical-visual culture in early modern England. Her research reflects an interdisciplinary attention to the role of music and music making within the intellectual history of early modern England, particularly music's intersection with natural philosophy, the passions, and ...

Dr Sheldon Brammall

Dr Sheldon Brammall

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

My research interests are in Renaissance English and comparative literature, with focuses on classical reception, translation, epic, and the history of classical scholarship.

Dr Hilary Brown

Dr Hilary Brown

Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies

Department of Modern Languages

  • Cultural history of C17 and C18 Europe
  • Anglo-German cultural relations
  • History of translation
  • Literary translation
  • Gender and translation
  • Women intellectuals pre-1900, particularly women translators

Dr Emily Buffey

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

I teach across the historical spectrum – from the ancient period to the modern – though my main interests lie in the sixteenth century. I am particularly interested in ancient and medieval literary reception in the post-Reformation period, early modern print culture, women’s writing (particularly Aemilia Lanyer and Hester Pulter), literary communities, scribal practices, and the ...

Professor Richard Cust

Professor Richard Cust

Emeritus Professor

Department of History

Political and cultural history of late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England

Dr Tom Cutterham

Dr Tom Cutterham

Senior Lecturer in United States History

Department of History

Power, politics, and ideas in Revolutionary America; commerce and finance in the Atlantic world.

Professor Michael Dobson

Professor Michael Dobson

Director of the Shakespeare Institute; Professor of Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare Institute

Shakespeare; the history of Shakespeare in performance and in culture generally; the Royal Shakespeare Company; British theatre history, 1570 to the present; Elizabeth I and her reputation; amateur theatre; cultural relations between the US and the UK.

Professor Ewan Fernie

Professor Ewan Fernie

Chair of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow

Shakespeare Institute

Shakespeare and nineteenth-century culture and politics, particularly in Birmingham; and on how Shakespeare may be read in conjunction with great European (especially German) traditions.

Professor Elaine Fulton

Professor Elaine Fulton

Professor of History Education
Director of Education, College of Arts and Law

School of History and Cultures

Early-modern Catholic reform, early-modern politics, man and environment in early-modern Europe

Dr Tara Hamling

Dr Tara Hamling

Reader in Early Modern Studies

Department of History

Visual and material culture of early modern Britain, post-Reformation religious and cultural practices.

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Birmingham Fellow

Department of English Literature

Please note: as of September 2019 I am on a five-year leave of absence from the University to work full time for the University and College Union (UCU). During this period I will not be teaching or supervising students, or commencing any new research projects. Please continue to contact me at my University email address, but be advised that I will be checking it less regularly than ...

Professor Karen Harvey

Professor Karen Harvey

Professorial Fellow and Professor of Cultural History

Department of History

  • The social and cultural history of eighteenth-century Britain 
  • The body, gender and sexuality
  • Letters and letter-writing

Dr Toria Johnson

Dr Toria Johnson

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

I teach across the late medieval, early modern, and Restoration periods. My research focuses on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern subjectivity, and the history of emotions.

Dr Chris Laoutaris

Dr Chris Laoutaris

Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare

Shakespeare Institute

The history of Shakespeare's theatres; Renaissance anatomy, dissection and medicine; witchcraft and superstition in early modern England; the literature and material culture of wonder, curiosity and 'monstrosity'; death, burial and commemoration in Renaissance England; early robotics, automata and artificial life; early modern politics and cultures of spying; women's history and indomitable ...

Dr Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

Dr Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

Associate Professor of European History
Deputy Head, Department of History
Co-Director, Children and Childhood Network

Department of History

Early modern German history, gender and reformation; the history of modern missions, children and childhood, history of crime.

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Senior Lecturer in History of Art
Head of Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

  • Manuscripts and early printed books, especially Books of Hours
  • Art at the French and Burgundian Courts c. 1400-1600
  • Women as patrons and consumers of late medieval early modern art
  • Text-image relations
  • The querelle des femmes in art and literature

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor of English Literature
Head of School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Department of English Literature

  • Early modern literature
  • Romantic literature
  • Reception
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Manuscript

Dr Christopher Markiewicz

Dr Christopher Markiewicz

Senior Lecturer in Ottoman and Islamic History

Department of History

All aspects of Ottoman history; political and intellectual history of Islamic lands after the arrival of the Mongols (thirteenth-seventeenth centuries).

Dr Noah Millstone

Senior Lecturer

Department of History

My primary research interests are in the history of politics, religion, and the book in early modern Britain and Europe, especially but not exclusively c1598-1660.

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Senior Lecturer

Department of English Literature

  • Eighteenth-century Shakespeare
  • Eighteenth-century fiction
  • Quotation
  • Reception
  • The uses of poetry
  • Cultural value

Dr Margaret Small

Senior Lecturer in Europe and the Wider World

Department of History

  • Early Modern conquest and colonisation (western Europe and Britain)
  • Renaissance and the classical tradition
  • History of geography
  • History of cartography

Dr Kate Smith

Dr Kate Smith

Associate Professor in Eighteenth-Century History

Department of History

Eighteenth-century Britain and empire, material cultures, production, consumption, skill, the senses and the emotions.

Dr Simon Smith

Dr Simon Smith

Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare Institute

Shakespearean and early modern topics, especially drama; playhouse culture; music and literature.

Professor Tiffany Stern, FBA

Professor Tiffany Stern, FBA

Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
Deputy Director of Institute: Research

Shakespeare Institute

Publishers of Shakespeare’s first folio, Carolean stage warfare, Jonson in parts, eighteenth century Shakespeare editors, Coronation literature, warrior women, English translations of Moliere, and commonplace and related 16-18th century topics.

Dr Erin Sullivan

Dr Erin Sullivan

Reader in Shakespeare

Shakespeare Institute

Shakespeare and the emotions, Shakespeare and the body and/or soul, Shakespeare and twenty-first-century performance, and Shakespeare and digital culture.

Dr Jonathan Willis

Dr Jonathan Willis

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

Department of History

The English reformation, history and theology of late-medieval and early modern Europe.

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor of English and Irish Literature

Department of English Literature

  • Aphra Behn
  • Restoration literature
  • Early modern women's writing
  • Book history
  • Samuel Daniel