School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Allen

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History.

Office Hours 2018-19: Semester 2. Tuesday, 2-5 pm

Qualifications

Ph.D. Welsh History. Aberystwyth

PGCE (History). Aberystwyth

BA (Joint Hons) History and Welsh History. Aberystwyth

Previous Positions

2013–2017      Reader in Early Modern Cultural History. University of South Wales.

2007–2013      Reader in Early Modern Cultural History/Head of History (2007– 2011). University of Wales, Newport.

2006–2007      Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History, Westminster College, Missouri.

2004–2006      Lecturer in History. Sunderland University.

2002–2004      Lecturer in History. University of Newcastle.

2001–2002      Senior Research Fellow. Northumbria University. Newcastle.

1999– 2000     Senior Lecturer in History. Trinity College, University of Wales.

1997–1999      Head of Department (History). Davies, Laing and Dick College, London.


Memberships 

Panel Member: AHRC Peer Review College, 2017–

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2003–

Executive Committee Member of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland - http://newspapersperiodicals.org/

Editorial Board. Quaker Studies. http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/quaker

Member and former President: Friends’ Historical Society, 201516

Committee member for the Wales-Pennsylvania digitisation project, 2012–

Historical consultant for the Gunter Mansion (and Recusancy) in seventeenth century Wales, 2016–

Representative for Welsh Universities: Steering Committee, HistoryUK, 2009–15

Research

I am a former Fulbright-Robertson Professor of British History at Westminster College, Missouri with research  interests in the social, cultural and religious history of Britain and America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly dissenters and emigration to Pennsylvania. I have published widely on Quakerism, migration, and identity. My most recent works are Quaker Communities in Early Modern Wales: From Radicalism to Respectability (2007); the co-authored The Quakers, 1656–1722: The Evolution of an Alternative Community (2018); and several co-edited books: Irelands of the Mind (2008); Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales (2009); and The Religious History of Wales: A Survey of Religious Life and Practice from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day (2013).


I am currently writing Welsh Quaker Emigrants and Colonial Pennsylvania and co-authoring, Quaker Networks and Moral Reform in the North East of England.

Teaching

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome proposals from postgraduates who are interested in any aspect of early modern social, cultural and religious history, especially the history of Dissent in Britain, Ireland and the transatlantic.

Successful Completions as Director of Studies:
  1. PhD Thesis, Magic and the Supernatural in Eighteenth Century Wales: the world of the Rev. Edmund Jones, 1702–1793 (awarded 2012)
  2. PhD Thesis, The Heritage Industry in a Politically Devolved Wales (awarded 2014)
  3. PhD Thesis, Spatio-Temporality and Digital Tourism in UK Industrial UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site (awarded 2016)
Current Supervision as Director of Studies: 
  1. PhD Thesis, ‘Toeing the Scratch’: A historical analysis of the transition of Welsh Prize-Fighting, c.17501914 (p/t);
  2. PhD Thesis, ‘Rural Quakerism’: The Religious Society of Friends in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, c.1650–c.1720 (p/t)
  3. PhD Thesis, ‘The distribution and ownership of chapbooks and other cheap print in south Wales and its borders, 16401730: developmental influences on commerce, religion and education’ (p/t).

Postgraduate Taught 

MA in History

Module Leader: The Practice of History

Contributor: Dissertations

 Undergraduate Teaching

Level 6

Module Leader: British and Irish Migrants: Transatlantic Connections

Level 5

Module Leader:

Order and Disorder in Early Modern Britain and Ireland

The Criminal Atlantic in the Long Eighteenth Century

Level 4:

Module Leader: Evidence and Argument

Publications

  • Allen RC. “Providing a Moral Compass for British People”: The Work of Joseph Tregelles Price, Evan Rees and The Herald of Peace. Journal of the Friends Historical Society 2018, 67, 3-15.
  • Allen RC. 'An Indefatigable Philanthropist': Joseph Tregelles Price (1784–1854) of Neath, Wales. Quaker Studies 2018, 23(2), 219-237.
  • Allen RC. Quakers. In: The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: The Long Eighteenth Century c.1689-c.1828. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2018, pp.77-98.
  • Allen R, Moore R. The Quakers, 1656–1723: The Evolution of an Alternative Community. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018.
  • Allen RC. Nantucket Quakers and Negotiating the Politics of the Atlantic World. In: Rossignol,Marie-Jeanne; Van Ruymbeke, Bertrand, ed. The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp.106–126.
  • Allen RC. ‘Samuel Meredith (1741–1817): American Patriot and Welsh Philanthropist’. In: Jackson,Maurice; Kozel, Susan, ed. Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754–1808. London: Routledge, 2015, pp.3–84, 167–75.
  • Allen RC, Moore R. 'Afterword'. In: Angell, SW; Dandelion; BP, ed. The Theological Thought of Early Quaker Leaders, 1650–1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp.293–304.
  • Allen RC. 'The Peace Society and Joseph Tregelles Price (1784–1854) of Neath, Wales’. In: Kirke og Kultur. Norway, 2015, pp.178–87.
  • Allen RC, Jones DC, ed. The Religious History of Wales: A Survey of Religious Life and Practice from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day. Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2014.
  • Allen RC. ‘Restoration Quakerism, 1660–1691'. In: Angell, SW; Dandelion, BP, ed. Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp.29-46.
  • Allen RC. ‘Nantucket Quakers and the Milford Haven Whaling Industry, c.1791–1821’. Quaker Studies 2010, 15(1), 6–31.
  • Allen RC. ‘An Alarm Sounded to the Sinners in Sion’: John Kelsall, Quakers and Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century Wales’. In: Allen, RC; Allen, J, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp.52-74.
  • Allen RC. ‘The Administration of Poor Relief’. In: Gray, M; Morgan, P, ed. Gwent County History, vol. III: The making of Monmouthshire. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009, pp.272-84.
  • Allen RC. ‘The making of a Holy Christian Community: Welsh Quaker emigrants to Pennsylvania, c.1680–1750’. In: Kirk, T; Klusáková, L, ed. Cultural Conquests. Prague: Philosophica et Historica, Studia Historica, 2009, pp.45–61.
  • Allen RC. ‘The origins and development of Welsh associational life in eighteenth-century Philadelphia’. Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 2009, 15.
  • Allen RC, Allen J, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Allen RC. “I’ve come home, and home I’m gonna stay”. The Quiet Man (1952) in Irish-American cinematic history’. In: Allen, RC; Regan, S, ed. Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp.110-28.
  • Allen RC, Regan S, ed. Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • Allen RC, Allen J. ‘Competing identities’: Irish and Welsh migration and the North-East of England’. In: Pollard, AJ; Green, AG, ed. Regional Identities in North-East England 1300–2000. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewe, 2007, pp.133–160.
  • Allen RC. “Turning hearts to break off the yoke of oppression”. The travels and sufferings of Christopher Meidel c.1659–c.1715’. Quaker Studies 2007, 12(1), 54-72.
  • Allen RC. Quaker Communities in Early Modern Wales: From Resistance to Respectability. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007.
  • Allen RC. ‘In search of a New Jerusalem. A preliminary investigation into Welsh Quaker emigration to North America c.1660–1750’. Quaker Studies 2004, 9(1), 31-53.