Professor Michael Braddick FBA
B.A., Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Professor of History
Early Modern England; State in Early Modern England, 1550-1700
+44 (0)114 22 29701 | Jessop West 3.05
Director, Global Humanities Initiative
I was educated at Cambridge University where I took both my B.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Before coming to Sheffield in 1990 I was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama and Assistant Professor at Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama. I have held fellowships from the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation and a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. I have also held visiting scholarships at the Huntington Library, California, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and an ARC distinguished visiting fellowship at the University of Adelaide.
I am the author of five books and around 40 chapters and articles, dealing with aspects of state formation, the English revolution and forms of political engagement and agency in early modern England, Ireland and the British Atlantic. I am also editor or co-editor of nine essay collections, three special editions of academic journals and of a major edition of seventeenth century letters.
My most recent publications are The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, God's Fury, England's Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars, Popular Culture and Political Agency in Early Modern England and Ireland (co-edited with Phil Withington), Suffering and Happiness in England 1550-1850: Narratives and Representations (co-edited with Jo Innes), as well as an edited collection on The politics of gesture: historical perspectives.
I am currently director of the Sheffield Global Humanities Initiative, and was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
British Academy - Chair of the Higher Education Policy Development Group
Past & Present - Editorial Board Member
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History - Series Editor
Until recently I served as a member of the Audit Committee and Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council
I regularly act as peer reviewer, advisor or referee for publishers, research funders and other Universities and research centres both in the UK and internationally.
My research and teaching interests are in early modern state formation and political culture; popular politics; the English revolution; the early modern British Atlantic and the first stages of British imperial expansion; and early modern political economy, in particular attitudes towards the commercialisation of the grain trade.
I am currently focussing on the English civil war and on partisanship in early modern popular culture, in a series of articles examining the relationship between high and low politics. My study of the political life of John LIlburne is in press with Oxford University Press and I was until recently principal investigator on a Leverhulme-funded international network on the ‘Comparative history of political engagement’ and AHRC-funded project, ‘Participating in Search Design: A Study of George Thomason's English Newsbooks’
I am keen to supervise graduate students with interests in early modern state formation and political culture; popular politics; the English revolution; the early modern British Atlantic and the first stages of British imperial expansion; and early modern political economy, in particular attitudes towards the commercialisation of the grain trade. I particularly welcome applications from those interested in the social, cultural and political history of early modern England.
Current Research Students
Alexander Hitchman - Popular Appeal and Political Mobilisation: A Study of Legal Pamphlets and the Law in the Early 1640s.
Michael Bennett - Merchant Capital and the Formation of Slave Labour Regimes in the English Empire, c. 1600-1700.
Due to my role as Director of the Global Humanities Initiative I currently have only a limited involvement in the teaching programmes. I have in the past taught modules at all levels in many areas of early modern English, British and European History.
1. Revolutionary England, 1640-1660: Politics, Culture and Society, HST694 (Postgraduate module)
I am a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and have in the past written for BBC History and Teaching History. I have advised on a number of radio and TV programmes and regularly speak to 6th form audiences. I recently co-curated (with Paul Evans) a collaboration between artists and academics from a variety of science, engineering, social science and arts disciplines thinkaboutbees.org. In the autumn of 2017 I will be curating a strand of events in Sheffield Literary Festival on the theme of radicalism http://offtheshelf.org.uk
I am currently Director of the Sheffield Global Humanities Initiative. I have in the past carried out a number of major administrative roles within the Department, particularly in relation to Undergraduate Admissions (including Senior Admissions Tutor and Tutor for Mature Applications), examinations and assessment, and as Chair of Teaching Committee. In the latter capacity I took a leading role in establishing new mechanisms of Teaching Quality assurance in the Department, and subsequently led the Department's very successful response to two Audits of Teaching Quality. I was Head of Department in 2008-9 and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from 2009 to 2013.