The Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies has around 20 MA by Research/ PhD students and is the leading centre worldwide in research into Quakerism. There is a staff team of 14 supervisors and we can supervise in most areas of Quaker studies: history, theology, philosophy, sociology, literary studies and Quaker values in education.
My own research interests lie particularly in the sociology of religion and the sociology of sects. For example, I have two students researching the Amish. I am also interested in endtime theology and apocalyptic thought.
Recent MA by Research students
- Philippa Andrews, ‘Samuel Fothergill and Eighteenth-Century Quaker Reform’.
- Richard Bainbridge, how and why people became associated with Quakers in Britain today.
- Nicole Cline (USA), ‘Francis King 1818 – 91’.
- Jonathan Doering, Quaker spirituality and creative production, particularly literary writing.
- Andrew Jack, ‘Wittgenstein and the Quakers’.
- Chris Lord, Quakers, Wittgenstein, and animal consciousness.
Recent PhD students
- Leo Barnard, a Quaker perspective on mental health.
- Kelvin Beer-Jones, ‘Quakers and the History of Anthropology’.
- Stephen Brooks, ‘Habermas and Quaker Business Method’.
- Ian Cook, ‘Quakers and the Iron Industry, 1750 – 1800’.
- Andrew Fincham, ‘Quaker Attitudes to Commerce’.
- Erica Canela, ‘Quakers and Religious Identity in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, 1650 – 1725’.
- Mark Frankel, ‘T. Edmund Harvey’.
- Chris Gardiner, ‘Toeing the Scratch: A Historical Analysis of the Transition of Welsh Prize-Fighting c.1750 – c.1918’.
- Frederique Green, ‘The American politico-legal system and the Amish’.
- Fran Handrick, ‘The Effects of Changing Patterns of Employment on Amish Women in Old Order Communities’.
- Melvin Harris, 'The Quakers of Fritchley'
- Damian Hursey, ‘Charles Taylor’s ‘Sources of the Self’ and Life actualisation’.
- Margaret Johnston, ‘Quakers and the Priesthood’.
- Sian King, ‘The distribution and ownership of English chapbooks and other cheap print in south Wales and its borders, 1650 to 1730’.
- Hilary Marson, ‘A Quaker Theology of Personal Crisis’.
- Irena Marusincova, Feuerstein’s approach to teaching in Quaker contexts.
- Glen Morrison, ‘Patterns of Church Planting amongst Early Friends’.
- Kevin Mortimer (USA), ‘Orthodox and Quaker Soteriology’.
- John Shinebourne ‘The Meaning of Membership’.
- Nicola Sleapwood, ‘Quakers and Business in the Twentieth century’.
- Peter Staples
- Marion Strachan, ‘Norwegian Quaker Relief after the Second World War’.
- Ian Toombs, ‘Secular Religion and the Sunday Service’.
Find out more - our PhD Theology and Religion page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.