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Richard C. Allen, BA, PGCE, PhD FRHS     

Publications include:

 ‘Samuel Meredith (1741–1817): American Patriot and Welsh Philanthropist’, in Maurice Jackson and Susan Kozel (eds), Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754–1808. in-press. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2015

‘Quakers’, in Andrew C. Thompson (ed.), Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions Vol. II: 1689 to the Repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts. in-press. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015

‘Afterword’, in Stephen W. Angell and B. P. Dandelion (eds), The Theological Thought of Early Quaker Leaders, 1650–1700. in-press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

‘Nantucket Quakers and negotiating the politics of the Atlantic World’, in M-J. Rossignol and Bertrand van Ruymbek (eds), The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet. in-press Leiden: Brill, 2015

‘Quakers’, in Richard C. Allen and David Ceri Jones (eds), The Religious History of Wales: A survey of religious life and practice from the seventeenth century to the present day. Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2014, pp. 55–68

 ‘Restoration Quakerism, 1660–1691’, in S. W. Angell and P. Dandelion (eds), Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 29–46

 ‘Nantucket Quakers and the Milford Haven Whaling Industry, c.1791–1821’, Quaker Studies, 15.1 (September 2010), 6–31

 ‘The making of a Holy Christian Community: Welsh Quaker emigrants to Pennsylvania, c.1680–1750’, in Tim Kirk and Luďa Klusáková (eds), Cultural Conquests. Prague: Philosophica et Historica, Studia Historica, 2009, pp. 45–61

Quaker Communities in Early Modern Wales: From Resistance to Respectability. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007

 “Turning hearts to break off the yoke of oppression”. The travels and sufferings of Christopher Meidel c.1659–c.1715’, Quaker Studies, 12.1 (September 2007), 54–72

 ‘Taking up her daily cross’: Women and the early Quaker Movement in Wales, c.1653–1689’, in Michael Roberts and Simone Clarke (eds), Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000, pp. 104–28

Research Interests: the cultural history of early modern Wales and the north-east of England. Current work investigates the history of radical dissent, particularly Quakerism, in early-modern Britain; transatlantic emigration, principally to Pennsylvania, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and pre-1834 poor relief in Wales.

Simon Best MA, PhD, PG DipSimon Best


‘Adolescent Quakers: a community of intimacy’ in Dandelion, P. and Collins, P. (eds.) The Quaker Condition: the sociology of a liberal religion. Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009; 192 - 215

‘Quaker Events for Young People: informal education and faith transmission.’ Quaker Studies 11 (2); 259-81.

‘Adolescent Quakers: a hidden sect.’ Quaker Studies 13 (1), 103-113

with Max Carter ‘Quakers, Youth, and Young Adults’ in Angell, S. and Dandelion, P. (eds) Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies. Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013
Research interests include: adolescent Quakers, Quaker rites of passage, and the interrelationships between adolescent, young adult, and adult Quakers.

‘Ben’, Pink Dandelion,  BA, PhD 

Publications include:Ben Pink Dandelion

Introduction to Quakerism. Cambridge: CUP, 2007

With Jackie Leach Scully, eds, Good and Evil: Quaker perspectives, Aldershot: Ashgate,  2007.

The Quakers: a very short introduction. Oxford: OUP, 2008.

With Peter Collins (eds), The Quaker Condition: the sociology of a liberal religion. Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

with Margery Post Abbott, Mary Ellen Chijioke, and John Oliver (eds), The Historical Dictionary of Quakerism. Second Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press,  2011.

With Stephen W. Angell (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies, Oxford: OUP, 2013.

Research Interests: Present-day Quakerism; Sociology of religion, Quaker eschatology and liturgy.


Peter Collins BSc (Econ) MA (Econ) PGCE PhD (Manchester)

Was, until recently, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Durham University, now retired. Research interests including Quakerism, ethnographic studies of religion, ritual, symbolism. I have conducted long-term fieldwork among Quakers, local government employees and in acute hospitals.

Recent Publications include

2015. Text and Context: An Analysis of Hospital Chapel Prayer Requests. In  Prayer in Religion and Spirituality. Aldershot: Ashgate. Eds. Giuseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead.

2014. Transition as Normative: British Quakerism as Liquid Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion 29(2): 87-301. (With Ben ‘Pink’ Dandelion).

2013. On Ritual Knowledge. Diskus: The Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions. Vol 13.

2013. ‘There is another world, but it is in this one’: Quaker environmentalism (in French). Terrain 60: 74-91.

2013. Acute Ambiguity: Towards a Heterotopology of Hospital Chaplaincy. In Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular. Aldershot, Ashgate. Eds. Abby Day, Giselle Vincent and Christopher R. Cotter.

2012. On the Materialisation of Religious Knowledge and Belief. In Religion and Knowledge, Aldershot: Ashgate. Eds. Elisabeth Arweck and Mathew Guest.

2012. Ethical Consumption As Religious Testimony: The Quaker Case. In Ethical Consumption: Social Value And Economic Practice. New York: Berghahn. Eds. James G. Carrier, and Peter Luetchford).


The Development of Ecospirituality Among British Quakers, Ecozone: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, 2(2): 83-99.

Bolton Quakers 1650-1995: The History of a Religious Community. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen.

2010. Putting Religion in its Place: Remembering Quaker Sites. In Reveries of Home: Nostalgia, Authenticity and the Performance of Place. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. Eds. Solrun Willikson and Nigel Rapport.

2010. On Resistance: the case of 17th century Quakers.  Durham Anthropology Journal 16(2): 7-22.

Betty Hagglund, BA, MA, PhDBetty Hagglund

Publications include:

‘Celia Fiennes’ and ‘Kate Marsden’ in The Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia.  London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003: 434-435 & 772-773

‘Jane Elizabeth Moore’, ‘Sarah Murray’ and ‘Cassandra Willoughby’ in New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: OUP, 2004.

“Not absolutely a native nor entirely a stranger”: the journeys of Anne Grant’ in Tim Youngs and Glenn Hooper (eds), Perspectives on Travel Writing. London: Ashgate, 2004: 41-54

‘Interrupted Travelling: the captivity diaries of Mary and Martha Russell’ in Emin Ozcan (ed.), Sinirlar ve Geçitler. Ankara: University of Ankara, 2004: 111-11'

‘Travel Writing as Domestic Ritual’, Mind and Human Interaction (University of Virginia), vol. 14, no. 1 (2005): 64-70

Research Interests: Travel writing; Origins of early Quakerism; Quaker texts; women’s writing.  

Jon R. Kershner, BA, M.Div, PhD


Publications include:

“The York Manuscript: John Woolman's Final Writings,” Quaker History, 102, Fall 2013, pp. 28-51.

“The Valiant Sixty-First? John Woolman's (1720-1772) Apocalyptic Eschatology and the Restoration of the Lamb's War,” Quaker Studies, September 2013, pp. 23-49.

“A Leader with few Followers: Maurice Creasey and his Theological Vision for the Future of Quakerism,” Quaker Religious Thought, 120, June 2013, pp. 35-46.

“The (Com)Motion of Love: Theological Formation in John Woolman's Itinerant Ministry,” Quaker Religious Thought, 116-117, December 2011, pp. 23-36.

“When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” Spirit Rising, Quaker's United in Publishing, 2010, pp. 186-190.

Research Interests: Research Interests:  John Woolman, Historical Theology, Global Quakerism and Global Christianity, Quaker Apocalypticism, Antislavery. 


Hugh McLeod, BA, PhDHugh McLeod

Publications include:

The Religious Crisis of the 1960s. OUP, 2007.

Editor of The Cambridge History of Christianity, volume 9: World Christianities c.1914-c.2000. CUP, 2006.

'God and the Gallows: Christianity and Capital Punishment in the 19th and 20th Centuries,’ in Kate Cooper and Jeremy Gregory (eds), Retribution, Repentance and Reconciliation. Boydell & Brewer, 2004.

"Thews and Sinews”: Nonconformists and Sport in Victorian and Edwardian England,’ in David Bebbington and Tim Larsen (eds), Christianity and Cultural Aspirations. Sheffield: Academic Press, 2003.

‘The Church of England and Homosexual Law Reform,’ in Melanie Barber and Stephen Taylor (eds), From the Reformation to the Permissive Society. Boydell & Brewer, 2010.

Research interests: Religion and sport in modern Britain; Comparison between the religious trajectories of the United States and of western Europe, with special reference to the periods c.1890-1914 and c.1960-80.

Rosemary Moore, MA, DipTheol, CertEd., BD, PhDRosemary Moore

Publications include:

The Light in Their Consciences: Early Quakers in Britain 1646-1666.  University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000. 

The History of the Life of Thomas Ellwood, Written by Himself, (editing and introducing). Walnut Creek: Altamira, in association with the International Sacred Literature Trust, 2004.

(With R. Melvin Keiser) Knowing the Mystery of Life Within: Selected Writings of Isaac Penington in their Historical and Theological Context. London: Quaker Books, 2005.

Co-operating editor, Protestant Nonconformist Texts Volume 1, R. Tudur Jones, ed. Aldershot; Ashcroft 2007.

'Seventeenth Century Context and Quaker Beginnings', in Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies. Oxford: University Press, 2013.

Research interests: Seventeenth Century Quaker History. With Richard K. Allen, currently engaged in editing and part authoring a book on the second period of Quakerism, 1660-1720
(Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming).

Janet Nicholls, BA, MSc, PhD, CertEd., Adv.Cert. CST., Adv.Dip.Therapeutic Counselling, AMBACP, Reg.UKRCP

Publications include:
Before 2010 in the name of Janet McKenzie.

Education as a Political Issue, Avebury Research Monographs in the Social Sciences, 1993.

'Education as a Private Problem or a Public Issue?', in Debating the Future of the Public Sphere, eds. S. Edgell, S. Walklate and G. Williams, Avebury, 1995.

Chapters on 'Education' and 'Politics' in I. Marsh et al, Making Sense of Society: An Introduction to Sociology, Longmans, 1996. Chapters on ‘Education’ and ‘Politics’ in Marsh, I. et al,  Sociology: Making Sense of Society (Second Edition), Prentice Hall, 1999. Chapter on ‘Education’ in Marsh, I and Keating, M. et al, Sociology: Making Sense of Society, (3rd Edition) Prentice Hall, 2006. Chapter on ‘Education’ in Marsh et al, Sociology: Making Sense of Society, (4th edition) Prentice Hall/Pearsons Education, 2009.

With Brian Rappert, ‘Connecting student research with community concerns? Anglia Polytechnic University Community Research Projects in Sociology’, in Journal of Education Through Partnership, Vol.3, No. 1, September 1998.

Changing Education: A Sociology of British Education Since 1944, Pearsons/Prentice Hall, 2001

‘The student as an active agent in a disciplinary structure: introducing the patchwork text in teaching the sociology of education’, in the Journal, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, May 2003, Vol. 40, No.2, SEDA.

 After 2010 in the name of Janet Nicholls:

 ‘Therapy after a homicide’ in Private Practice, a journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Autumn 2014. 

 ‘Therapy after a homicide’ in Therapy Today, a journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, November 2014, Vol.25/Issue9.

 Research Interests:  The sociology and politics of education; voters’ attitudes to educational issues; Quaker values in education; a memoir of family life after a homicide; memories elicited by music.

Siân Roberts, BA, PhD

Publications include:

“‘In the Margins of Chaos’: Francesca Wilson and education for all in the ‘Teacher’s Republic’”, History of Education, 35 (6) 2006 pp 653-68

“Exhibiting Children at Risk: child art, international exhibitions and Save the Children Fund in Vienna, 1919-1923”, Paedagogica Historica 45 (1 & 2) 2009 pp 171-90

“’I promised them that I would tell England about them’: a woman teacher activist’s life in popular humanitarian education”, Paedagogica Historica 47(1 & 2) 2011 pp 171-90

Articles on Margaret Backhouse, Geraldine and Barrow Cadbury, and Francesca Wilson for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2012

“Activism, agency and archive: British activists and the representation of educational colonies in Spain during and after the Spanish Civil War”, Paedagogica Historica 49 (6) 2013 pp 796-812

“Encounter, exchange and inscription: the personal, the local and the transnational in the educational humanitarianism of two Quaker women”, History of Education 42 (6) 2013 pp 783-802

Research interests:  twentieth century Quaker women in humanitarian relief, education and social justice; refugee histories; histories of childhood; Birmingham history

Giselle Vincett, BA, MA, PhD

Giselle Vincett

2012 (May). Vincett, G., E. Olson, P. Hopkins, R. Pain. ‘Young People and Performance Christianity in Scotland’. The Journal of Contemporary Religion. 27: 2.

2012. Vincett, G., G. Harvey. ‘Alternative Spiritualities in the British Context’. In L. Woodhead and R. Catto (eds.) Religious Change in Modern Britain (Routledge), 156-172.

2012. Vincett, G., E. Olson. ‘The Religiosity of Young People Growing Up in Poverty’. In L. Woodhead and R. Catto (eds.) Religious Change in Modern Britain, (Routledge), 196-202.

Forthcoming 2012. Olson, E. and G. Vincett. ‘Hanging Out and Hanging On’. In L. Woodhead (ed). Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion (Oxford University Press). 17 pages.

Forthcoming 2012. Vincett, G. ‘Finding Space: Christian Feminists and the Church’.  In L. Kong, P. Hopkins, E. Olson (eds.) Religion and Place: Identity, Community and Territory (Springer).33 pages.

2010. Vincett, G., S. Collins-Mayo. ‘(Dis)Engagements with Christianity Amongst Young People in England and Scotland’. The European Annual Review of Sociology, 1, 219-250.

2009. Vincett, G. ‘Quagans: Fusing Quakerism with Contemporary Paganism’ in Quaker Studies 13:2, 220-237.

2008. Aune, K., S. Sharma, G. Vincett, eds. Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization (Ashgate).

Forthcoming 2013. Vincett, G. 'Finding Space: Christian Feminists and the Church'. In P. Hopkins, L. Kong and E. Olson (eds.) Religion and Place: Landscape, Politics and Piety. (Springer) 33

Anne Watson, BA, MA, MSc, DPhil

Publications include:

 Department-initiated change. Educational Studies in Mathematics 2014 35(1) pp. 1-18  (with De Geest)


Key ideas in teaching mathematics: research-based guidance for 9-19 (with Jones and Pratt) OUP (2012)

The structuring of personal example spaces  Journal of Mathematical Behavior 2011, 30(4) 291-303 (with Sinclair, Watson, Zazkis & Mason) (2011)

Shifts of mathematical thinking in adolescence. Research in Mathematics Education. 2010, 12(2) 133-148.

Raising achievement in secondary mathematics.  Open University Press (2006)

Principled teaching for deep progress Educational Studies in Mathematics (2003)  58, 209-234. 


Rebecca Wynter, BA (Joint Hons), MPhil(B), PhD

Giselle Vincett

Publications include:

With Jonathan Reinarz (eds), Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives (London: Routledge, December 2014).

“Horrible dens of deception’: Thomas Mulock, Thomas Bakewell and Anti-Asylum Sentiments, c.1815-1858’. In Tom Knowles and Serena Trowbridge (eds), Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014), 11-28.

‘The Spirit of Medicine: The use of alcohol in nineteenth-century medical practice’, co-authored with Jonathan Reinarz. In Susanne Schmid and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp (eds), Drink in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Consumers, Cross-Currents, Conviviality (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014), 121-141.

‘‘Good in all respects’: appearance and dress at Staffordshire County Lunatic Asylum, 1818-1854’, History of Psychiatry, 22 (1), March 2011, 40-57.

Research interests include: Quakers and reform; the Friends’ Ambulance Unit (1914-1919), aid history and humanitarianism; history of medicine and psychiatry; history of prisons.



In addition to specific research interests, staff are able to supervise research across the varied areas of Quaker Studies, as well as topics in Literary Studies, History, Women’s Studies, and the Sociology of Religion.

CPQS also has a group of Honorary Research Fellows. Find out more about them here.

The CPQS Advisory Panel currently consists of, alphabetically:

Richard Allen, Department of History, University of Sunderland
Peter Collins, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham
Elaine Hobby, Department of English and Drama, University of Loughborough
Roger Homan, School of Education, University of Brighton
Hugh McLeod, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Michael Mullett, Department of History, Lancaster University
Rachel Muers, Department of Theology, University of Exeter
Chris Partridge, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University
Janet Scott, Homerton College, Cambridge University
Angus Winchester, Department of History, Lancaster University

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