Biography

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.

Academic Background

BA, History, Yale University (2002)

PhD, History, University of Cambridge (2006)

 

All Publications

Ha, P.

(2016)

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.

Palgrave

ISBN 978-1-137-36897-3

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Ha, P.

(2015)

English Presbyterianism, 1590-1640,

Stanford University Press

ISBN 9780804759878

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Ha, P.

(2015)

Reformation and the Uses of Reception,

in The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain.

OUP/British Academy

pp. 280

ISBN 9780197264683

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Ha, P.

(2015)

Thomas Cartwright,

in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

Walter de Gruyter

ISBN 9783110183559

UEA Repository

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Ha, P.

(2015)

Godly Globalization: Calvinism in Bermuda,

in Journal of Ecclesiastical History

66

(3)

pp. 543-561

Full Text UEA Repository

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Ha, P.

(2015)

Religious toleration and ecclesiastical independence in revolutionary Britain, Bermuda and the Bahamas,

in Church History

84

(4)

pp. 807-827

Full Text UEA Repository

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Ha, P.

(2013)

Ecclesiastical Independence and the Freedom of Consent,

in Freedom and the Construction of Europe.

Cambridge University Press

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Ha, P.

(2013)

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 9780719086984

UEA Repository

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Ha, P.

(2011)

Puritan Conciliarism: Why Walter Travers read Bullinger's De Conciliis,

in Sixteenth Century Journal

41

(1)

pp. 57-76

UEA Repository

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Ha, P. (ed.), Collinson, P. (ed.)

(2010)

The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain,

OUP/British Academy

ISBN 9780197264683

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(Published)


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

 

Teaching Interests

Level 1

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 

Postgraduate

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.