New Editor for Cultural and Social History

The Social History Society is pleased to announce that Dr Brodie Waddell will be joining the editorial board of Cultural and Social History in January 2019. He will join Dr Vandana Joshi, Professor David Nash, and the Reviews Editor Dr Kelly Boyd. Professor Barry Doyle is stepping down after a successful term on the Board.

Brodie Waddell of Birkbeck College, University of London is a historian of early modern England. His research illuminates the connection between cultural, social, political and economic forces on the way people experienced their world. His forthcoming project  ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’ will explore these themes by considering the role of petitions as a mode of communication between those with and without formal political power.

On his appointment, Brodie told us that:

I’m looking forward to getting a bird’s eye view of all the brilliant historical research that is emerging right now in early modern studies and beyond. As editor, I’ll work hard to ensure that CaSH continues to be a forum for a genuine range of researchers, especially in light of the RHS’s recent reports on gendered and racial inequalities in the wider discipline.

Cultural and Social History is the peer-reviewed journal of the SHS. First published in 2004, it is a vital outlet for historical research and scholarship on all aspects of social and cultural history. By making connections across chronological, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, the journal has built an avid readership and established itself as a forum for methodological debate. It is now published by Routledge, with five issues a year.

These factors were an important motivation for Brodie. He explains:

It’s a huge privilege to join a journal that ranges so widely across conventional boundaries … It’s one of those rare journals that combines rigour and collegiality.

The appointment is especially meaningful for Brodie, who published his first article – ‘Economic Immorality and Social Reformation in English Popular Preaching, 1585-1625’ – with the journal in 2008.

All members of the Social History Society have access to the journal, along with two other Routledge e-journals, as part of their membership.