Dr Richard Thomas Bell

Department of History
Research Associate

Contact details

Address
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I am a historian of society and politics in early modern Britain, with a particular interest in the history of imprisonment.

Feedback and office hours

By appointment

Qualifications

  • PhD, Stanford University
  • MA, King’s College London

Teaching

  • Practising History B: Spectacular Justice: Crime, Punishment and Mercy in Early Modern England
  • MA Introduction to Early Modern History, session on “Crime & Deviancy”
  • MA Writing Early Modern History, session on “Digital Humanities” (with Dr Noah Millstone)

Research

I am currently the Research Associate for an AHRC-funded digital humanities project, Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England. I also work on the history of imprisonment in early modern England, exploring the social and political significance of growing levels of incarceration, c.1550-1700.

Other activities

Publications

  • “The Minister, the Millenarian and the Madman: The Puritan Lives of William Sedgwick, c.1609-1664,” Huntington Library Quarterly, 81, no.1 (2018), 29-61