Dr. Iona C Hine

Honorary Research Fellow


Humanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street
S3 7QY


Having previously studied in Cambridge and Roehampton, I joined the University of Sheffield in 2009 to pursue doctoral research focused on interpretations of the book of Ruth. Alongside my research, I also coordinated a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

My thesis, Englishing the Bible in Early Modern Europe: The case of Ruth, a study of ideological influences affecting the translation of the Bible into English (in comparison with contemporaneous European translations), was completed in 2014 (examined by Professor John Barton and Dr Richard Rex).

I am now working as a postdoctoral research associate on the Linguistic DNA of Modern Western Thought (under Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, School of English) based in the Humanities Research Institute. I continue to represent Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies including as an advisor to the new Centre for Archival Practices and coordinate the University of Sheffield's Centre for Early Modern Studies.


  • Journal article and issue: ‘Practicing Biblical Literacy: Case Studies from the Sheffield Conference.’ I. C. Hine with contributions from Nicky Hallett, Carl Tighe, and José Luis Lopez Calle. In Postscripts: A Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 7.2 (2011). Part of Biblical Literacy segment, co-edited with James G. Crossley
  • Book chapter: ‘The Quest for Biblical Literacy: Curricula, Culture, and Case-studies.’ In Rethinking Biblical Literacy. Ed. K. Edwards. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015. Pp. 47-67
  • Digital resource: Telling Tales of King James' Bible, 1611-2011: An exhibition and educational resource. DVD-Rom. Co-producer, with the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield. 2010–2011 (Cathedral and General editions). Including The UnAuthorized Version: interactive digital companion to the exhibition (in association with the Humanities Research Institute). Plus supplements (author): ‘The Bible as Treasure’; ‘Introducing the Bible: What is it, what’s in it, and why does it matter?’; (co-written with Museums Sheffield) ‘The Bible and the Right to Free Speech’; and (co-written with Gillian Cooper) ‘Telling Tales of King James’ Bible: A Study Guide’
Conference papers
  • ‘Miles Coverdale: An English translator in Europe.’ Early Modern Discussion Group. Sheffield, November 2014. ‘Constructions of power and worth in sixteenth-century bibles.’ Historical Sociolinguistics Network. Sheffield, February 2014. ‘How William Blake 
Research, teaching, and public engagement activities
Professional memberships
  • Society for Old Testament Studies (UK)
  • Tyndale Society
  • Philological Society