Polly Ha studied history at Yale University and was elected to the Paul Mellon Fellowship at Clare College, University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor John Morrill. Her dissertation was jointly awarded the Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize and the Seeley Medal. Before being appointed Lecturer at UEA, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the British Academy and Clare Hall, Cambridge. She also visited the University of Southern California in 2007-08 as Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Lecturer. To date her work has been awarded nearly $1 million in funding from The British Academy, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Arts and Humanities Research Council.
BA, History, Yale University (2002)
PhD, History, University of Cambridge (2006)
Spiritual Treason and the Politics of Intercession: Presbyterians, Laudians and the Church of England,
in Puritans and Catholics in the Trans-Atlantic World 1600-1800.
ISBN 978-1-137-36897-3UEA Repository
English Presbyterianism, 1590-1640,
Stanford University Press
ISBN 9780804759878UEA Repository
Reformation and the Uses of Reception,
in The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain.
ISBN 9780197264683UEA Repository
in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.
Walter de Gruyter
ISBN 9783110183559UEA Repository
Godly Globalization: Calvinism in Bermuda,
in Journal of Ecclesiastical History
pp. 543-561Full Text UEA Repository
Religious toleration and ecclesiastical independence in revolutionary Britain, Bermuda and the Bahamas,
in Church History
pp. 807-827Full Text UEA Repository
Ecclesiastical Independence and the Freedom of Consent,
in Freedom and the Construction of Europe.
Cambridge University PressUEA Repository
Genevan Jesuits: crypto-Presbyterianism in England,
in Insular Christianity : Alternative models of the Church in Britain and Ireland, c.1570–c.1700.
Manchester University Press
ISBN 9780719086984UEA Repository
Puritan Conciliarism: Why Walter Travers read Bullinger's De Conciliis,
in Sixteenth Century Journal
pp. 57-76UEA Repository
The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain,
ISBN 9780197264683UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Dr. Ha's research interests include:
-Religious and political instability (c. 1560-1660) with a particular focus on Early Modern England
-The reception of continental European Reformation in Britain
-Religious freedom and toleration in Revolutionary Britain and the British Atlantic world
Current research projects (supported by the Arts Humanities Research Council in collaboration with the Jefferson Foundation and Trinity College Dublin):
-Independent freedom in the early modern world
-Religious conspiracies in early modern Britain
Other areas of interest:
-The uses of ancient and early modern history
-Print, censorship and scribal publications
-Early modern legal culture
-The social dynamics of puritan discipline and reformed church polity
Introduction to Early Modern Studies and Witchcraft
Levels 2 & 3
Early Modern England, The English Revolution, Conspiracy and Crisis in Early Modern England, and The British Atlantic
MA in Early Modern Studies
Prospective students interested in English religious and political history and its relationship to the European continent and the Atlantic, particularly those working on puritanism, are welcome.