John Walsh Fellow and Tutor in History and Clarendon Associate Professor in History

Academic Background

I was an undergraduate and graduate at New College, Oxford, where I read for my BA and DPhil in Modern History. In 2006 I was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2007 I was appointed Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Birmingham, before joining Jesus in 2011.

Undergraduate Teaching

Sixteenth and seventeenth century British and European history.

Postgraduate Teaching

Sixteenth and seventeenth century political, religious, and intellectual history.

Research Interests

The political and religious history of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century; literature and history; the history of travel; renaissance historiography. I am one of the general editors of the Manchester University Press series, Culture, Politics and Society in Early Modern Britain.



The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Articles and Essays

‘The State of Christendom: history, political thought and the Essex circle’, Historical Research, 81/213 (2008), 423-446
‘Debating war and peace in late Elizabethan England’, Historical Journal, 52/4 (2009)
‘Tacitus and political thought in early modern Europe, c.1530-c.1640’, in A. J. Woodman (ed.), The Cambridge companion to Tacitus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 253-268
‘Education as a courtier’, in J. Shami, D. Flynn, & M. T. Hester (eds.), The Oxford handbook of John Donne (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 395-407
‘The earl of Essex and politic history’, in A. Connolly, & L. Hopkins (eds.), Essex: the Life and Times of an Elizabethan Courtier (Manchester University Press, 2013)
‘The earl of Essex and the "popish plot"’, in S. Doran, & P. Kewes (eds.), Doubtful and Dangerous: The Question of Succession in Late Elizabethan England (Manchester University Press, 2014)


‘The Gordian knot of policy: statecraft in Shakespeare's England’ in Malcolm Smuts ed., The Oxford Handbook to the Age of Shakespeare (Oxford, 2015)
Ed. with Paul Cavill, Writing the History of Parliament in Tudor and Early Stuart England (Manchester University Press, 2016)
Ed. with Henry Woudhuysen, The Correspondence of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke  (Oxford University Press, 2018)


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Faculty of History website.