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School of History

Dr Patrick McGhee

Teaching Fellow

Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.34


I am an historian of atheism, unbelief and 'heathenism' in the religious culture of the Atlantic world between 1500 and 1800. I gained a BA in History at the University of Birmingham and an MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Cambridge. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, my doctoral thesis is entitled '"Heathenism" in the Protestant Atlantic World, c. 1558 - c. 1700'. It explored the relationship between theology, language and culture in shaping Protestant attitudes towards non-believers in Elizabethan and Stuart England as well as colonial Virginia and New England.


Research Interests:

Set in a global context, my current postdoctoral research investigates the wide-ranging intellectual trajectories of Atlantic attitudes towards atheism and unbelief within communities of Christian believers in North America from the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 to the American Revolution and its aftermath.


[Peer-Reviewed Journal Article] Patrick S. McGhee, 'Unbelief, the Senses and the Body in Nicholas Bownde's The vnbeleefe of S. Thomas (1608)', Studies in Church History, 2016, 266-82

[Book Review] Patrick McGhee, 'Crawford Gribben and Scott Spurlock, Puritans and Catholics in the trans-Atlantic world; Brandon Marriott, Transnational networks and cross-religious exchange; Antoinette Sutto, Loyal Protestants and dangerous Papists', Seventeenth Century, 32 (2017), 224-7.