Professor of History, Lancaster University

Naomi is a distinguished early modernist, whose published work has focused on the history of the family, language and texts, and practices of reading from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Much of her work revolves around the study of social relations, and their manifestations in language and text.

Her first book investigated changing conceptions of kinship, family, and social networks. Her most recent book explored how concepts of social description were coined in English Bibles, from Wycliffe and Tyndale to King James, and their broader intellectual and social resonances especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Her current project, ‘Cultures of Settlement’, investigates the relationship between society and the state with particular reference to the migration of the poor in England from the Restoration to the nineteenth century. In 2015-16, she held a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship to work this project. In 2017 she was awarded a Fellowship at the Huntington Library.

Naomi is a member of the COST European research network of Lexicography and the Royal Historical Society Council, as well as the Economic History Society Board, where she represents the Social History Society.

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