Robert Foulkes

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Gov)
Department of Government
Graduate Teaching Assistant (HIST)
Department of History
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of History
 Robert Foulkes



History has been a passion of mine ever since learning about the Romans and Normans in school, Greek and Roman history and mythology from my parents and reading the stories of Asterix the Gaul. Being a local lad, I really enjoyed school and family visits to historic places, such as Colchester Castle, Flatford Mill and Lavenham Guildhall. It was the stories about people and communities, and the trials and tribulations they faced, which really took my interest. It wasnt until studying for my BA in History and English Language at the University of Gloucestershire, 2005-8, that my interest in US, European, and early modern social and cultural history grew. This was thanks to a couple of great lecturers. Then during my MA at the University of Essex, 2010/11, my interest in religious and gender history developed further. This ultimately led to my desire to pursue a PhD at the University of Essex in 2013. My research interests now focus on socio-cultural history but with an emphasis on gender, masculinity and religious identity. Between my degrees I trained as a teacher and taught A-levels at a private school in London. I was awarded Fellowship of the Friends of Historic Essex in 2015, gained my Associate Fellowship of the HEA in 2016, and was the recipient of the Essex Society for Family History award in 2017. HR101: Becoming A Historian Recipient of the Friends of Historic Essex Fellowship Award for 2015/16. Recipient of the Essex Society for Family History Award for 2016/17.


  • BA (Hons) History & English Language, University of Gloucestershire, 2008

  • MA History, University of Essex, 2011

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016

Research and professional activities


A Manly & Pious Man? Representations and traits of Manliness and Quaker notions of Masculinity in Essex, c. 1655-1760.

My doctoral thesis is about how masculine traits were perceived, represented and attained by men, focusin

Research interests

Society and culture in early modern England and Europe.

Gender and masculinity in early modern England and Europe.

Manhood and manliness in early modern England.

Society and religion during the Civil War and Interregnum.

Religious identity in England under the Stuarts.

Quakers, Baptists and Methodists in early modern England.

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Working pattern:

Autumn 2017: Fridays, 13:00-14:00