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Professor Naomi Tadmor


Naomi Tadmor

Lancaster University

Bowland College



Tel: +44 1524 593392

Research overview

My broad and interdisciplinary research interests include the history of the family and community relations, history and literature, and the social and cultural history of the English Bible from the early modern period to modernity. I also have an interest in Jewish cultural history in the twentieth century.

PhD supervision

I have broad research interests and will be delighted to discuss possible doctoral work with students interested in British social and cultural history c. 1500-1900, with particular reference to: religious culture and the English Bible, history and literature and print culture, community relations, Jewish History.

Current Teaching

Most of my teaching focuses on English social and cultural history, c.1500-1800.  

Research Interests

My published work has focused on the history of the family, language and texts, and practices of reading from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. My 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, I held a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship to work this project. In 2017 I was awarded a Fellowship at the Huntington Library.

My book The social universe of the English Bible: scripture, society, and culture in early modern England (Cambridge, 2010) has 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.

My first monograph, Family and friends in eighteenth-century England: household, kinship, and patronage (Cambridge, 2001) has investigated changing conceptions of kinship, family, and social networks. I also co-edited a book on The practice and representation of reading in England (Cambridge 1996), and  a special issue of Continuity and Change dedicated to the history of Kinship in Britain from 500 to 2000.

Much of my work revolves around the study of social relations, and their manifestations in language and text. I am a member of the COST European research network of Lexicography.

I am a member of the the Royal Historical Society Council, and the executive committee of the Social History Society, which I also represent on the Economic History Society Board.

I have taught and researched at the universities of Lancaster, Sussex, Cambridge, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I was also a Lady Davis Fellow and Visiting Professor.

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