Postgraduate researchers

The University of Sheffield is home to many postgraduate research students whose thesis topic and research interests engage with the early modern period broadly conceived.

The following students are currently pursuing doctoral research and can be contacted through SCEMS. Where possible, a link to their individual research profiles has been given.

Information about Staff and Fellows of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (including supervisors) can be found on the Staff and Fellows page.

Guide to abbrevations

AHRC: Arts and Humanities Research Council
British Library:
Collaborative Doctoral Award
(involving an external partner)
Leverhulme: The Leverhulme Trust
MARI: Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy
Wolfson: Wolfson Foundation
: White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

Name Area of research
Supervised by Funding body
Laura Alston ‘Negative’ emotions and emotional communities in 18th century & regency women’s private writing and culture, 1700-1830 Bob Shoemaker (History)
Joshua Bell The Reception of Dreams in Early Modern Italian Popular Culture – 1450-1550 James Shaw (History) WRoCAH
Josh Bengough-Smith Renaissance French notions of ‘one language for one nation’: a sociolinguistic analysis of language policies and practices in sixteenth-century France Penny Simons,
Kristine Horner (SLC)
Michael Bennett Merchant Capital and the Origins of the Barbados Sugar Boom, 1627-1671. Mike Braddick (History) WRoCAH
Dorothy Bowles A scholarly edition of Samuel Daniel’s ‘The Tragedie of Cleopatra’ Tom Rutter (English)
Sam Bromage Urban Development and Social change: The Dissolution in Yorkshire and its Impact on the Early Modern Townscape, 1536-1642. Hugh Willmott (Archaeology) WRoCAH
Tamsyn Fraser Livestock and landscape: changing husbandry, livestock improvement and landscape enclosure in post-medieval England (with Historic England) Umberto Albarella (Archaeology) AHRC (CDA) | WRoCAH
Rama Friedlander Shakespeare and the elements Tom Rutter (English)
Jamie Graves Emotions and Social Status in Early Modern England. Phil Withington (History) WRoCAH
Dr Florence Hazrat Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Beky Herd Violence and Gender in the Tragedies and Tragicomedies of Seventeenth-Century French Female Playwrights (1655-1691) David McCallum and Maxime Goergen (School of Languages and Cultures)
Amy Jackson Early Modern drama and the Gothic Tom Rutter (English) WRoCAH
Cora James Restoration Theatre; actresses and Aphra Behn Marcus Nevitt (English) WRoCAH
Elena Johnson Restoration Theatre; women and work in late Stuart England Marcus Nevitt (English)
Mikolaj Lisowski The identification of Jewish patterns of food preparation and consumption: a Zooarchaeological approach to the medieval and early modern evidence from Central-Eastern Europe Umberto Albarella (Archaeology)
Emily Naish ‘Of Albion’s glorious Isle the Wonders whilst I write’: Poly-Olbion’s relationship to the natural world Cathy Shrank (English)
Maria Pace Acquilina The education and representation of women in early Tudor England Cathy Shrank (English)
Leonie Price Initials, Goods and Buildings: Marriage as a Material and Social Practice in Early Modern England Phil Withington (History) WRoCAH
Cait Scott The Evolution of Audley End: the material culture of a medieval monastery and early modern mansion Hugh Willmott (Archaeology) WRoCAH, AHRC CDP English Heritage
Hannah Slack Tom Leng (History)
Kay Tapply A social and intellectual biography of Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland. Phil Withington; Tom Leng (History)
Joe Tryner Entrate nel fuoco: Popular Politics in Early Renaissance Florence James Shaw (History) WRoCAH
Nicola Walker Industrialising communities in South Yorkshire, 1650-1850: a case study of Cannon Hall Bob Shoemaker (History)
Mabel Winter Finance, commerce, and politics in seventeenth-century England: The case of Thompson and Company 1671-1678 Phil Withington (History) WRoCAH