Noah Millstone


  • Senior Birmingham Fellow (History and Cultures), History

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be happy to supervise students working on any early modern topic that overlaps with my research interests, such as history of reading and of the book, political history understood as broadly as possible, the history of subjectivities, and so on.


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Personal profile


I studied history as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. After working on a number of unsuccessful political campaigns, I studied for a PhD in early modern British history at Stanford University; for some time, I was based for a few years out of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Before coming to Birmingham, I spent three years as a postdoctoral Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University, and three more as a lecturer in early modern history at the University of Bristol.

Research interests

I am currently director of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research network, Europe’s Short Peace, 1595-1620. The network brings together fifty scholars from ten countries to build a transnational political, religious and cultural history of Europe between the peace of Vervins (1598) and the outbreak of the Bohemian revolt (1618). Please get in contact if you are interested in assisting the project!

I am also completing a monograph on the serpentine Welsh bishop John Williams (1582-1650), and am gradually gathering materials for a project on book talk and non-reading in early modern Europe.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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