School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Allen

Visiting Fellow


Early Modern British and Transatlantic Historian.


Ph.D. Welsh History. Aberystwyth

PGCE (History). Aberystwyth

BA (Joint Hons) History and Welsh History. Aberystwyth

Teaching and Research Career

2020                Visiting Fellow. Australia National University, Canberra. Humanities Research Centre.

2018-2019       Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History, Newcastle University.

2017-               Postgraduate Director of Studies for 3 PhD students, School of Theology & Religion. University of Birmingham/Woodbrooke College, Birmingham.

2013–2017      Reader (Assoc. Prof) in Early Modern Cultural History. University of South Wales.

2007–2013      Reader (Assoc. Prof) 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.


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 -

Editorial Board. Quaker Studies.

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.

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


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.


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


  • Allen R, Moore R. The Quakers, 1656–1723: The Evolution of an Alternative Community. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018.
  • Allen RC. ‘An Example of Quaker Discipline: The case of Dr. Charles Allen Fox and the Cardiff Quakers’. Journal of Welsh Religious History 2001, 1, 46–73.
  • Allen RC. ‘Wizards or charlatans, doctors or herbalists? An appraisal of the ‘cunning men’ of Cwrt-y-Cadno, Carmarthenshire’. North American Journal of Welsh Studies 2001, 1, 2, 68–85.
  • Allen RC. ‘Taking up her daily cross’: Women and the early Quaker Movement in Wales, c.1653–1689’. In: Roberts, Michael; Clarke, Simone, ed. Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000, pp.104–28.