Amanda Capern

Dr Amanda Capern

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Women's History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465867

Amanda Capern is a specialist in early-modern British and European women’s and gender history and is editing The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe.

Her current research focuses on authority, power and emotions, and she is writing a book on family relations, finances and the law courts.

Amanda Capern is Principle Investigator on the Gender, Place and Memory interdisciplinary and inter-faculty research cluster at the University of Hull, running a series of projects on early-modern women's property.

She is co-editor of Gender and History - a Palgrave book series - and welcomes book proposals on any area of gender history.


Research Interests

  • Early-modern British and European women’s history

  • Early-modern women’s writing

  • Early-modern women’s religious and political thought

  • Early-modern English women’s property

  • Early-modern equity law and the court of chancery

Research groups

  • Collaborative doctoral partnership with the National Archives (UK) since 2014.

  • Collaborated as sub-editor with Professor Gina Luria Walker (New School, New York) on the Female Biography Project (2013/2014). Most recently on ‘Mary Hays and the Imagined Female Communities of Early Modern Europe’, in The Invention of Female Biography, Routledge (2017).

  • Principle Investigator on the Gender, Place and Memory interdisciplinary and inter-faculty research cluster at the University of Hull, collaborating with joint PI, Dr Briony McDonagh (School of Environmental Sciences), Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Dr Hannah Worthen) and eight doctoral students.


Capern A, The Historical Study of Women: England 1500-1700, Palgrave Macmillan (2007)

Capern A, ‘Emotions, Gender Expectations and the Social Role of Chancery, 1550-1650’, in Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Susan Broomhall, pp 187-209, Palgrave (2015)

Capern A, ‘Rumour and Reputation in the Early Modern English Family’, in Fama and her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe, ed. Heather Kerr and Claire Walker, pp 85-113, Brepols (2015)

Capern A, ‘Adultery and Impotence as Literary Spectacle in the Divorce Debates and Tracts of the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Spectacle, Sex and Property in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture, ed. Julie A. Chappell and Kamille Stone Stanton, AMS, pp. 197-225 (2016)

Capern A, ‘Jane Lead and the Tradition of Puritan Pastoral Theology’, in Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy, ed. Ariel Hessayon, Palgrave, pp. 91-117 (2016)

Full selected publications


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Early Modern People and their Worlds

  • Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern England

  • Themes in Medieval and Early Modern European History

Research PhDs

Amanda Capern welcomes enquiries about doctoral supervision on any aspect of early-modern British women’s history.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Elizabeth Rogers (1st supervisor). Women and the World: Explorers from the Home during the Enlightenment in Britain (AHRC, Heritage Consortium Scholarship)

  • Alice Whiteoak (1st supervisor). Walking the World: Gender and Place in the Court of Exchequer 1620-1670 (Gender, Place and Memory Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, University of Hull)

  • Helen Manning (2nd supervisor). Women, Property and the Law: Mapping Sexual Inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1708-1974 (Gender, Place and Memory Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, University of Hull)

  • Stormm Buxton-Hill (2nd supervisor). Early Modern Women's Agency in negotiating Marriage Settlements

  • Sarah Shields (2nd supervisor). Maid, Wife and Widow: Women’s Lifecycle and Property Ownership in the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Hull Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Charlotte Garside (1st supervisor). Women in Chancery: An Analysis of Chancery as a Women’s Court of Redress in 17th Century England (AHRC, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with The National Archives)

  • Nicola Kelsall (1st supervisor). The Figure of the Cuckold in Early Modern Political Culture and Social Discourse (University of Hull Doctoral Scholarship)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Australia)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA History and Geography (University of London)

  • MA History (UNSW, Australia)

  • PhD History (UNSW, Australia)

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Awards and accolades

Received research awards and fellowships from

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (Australia)

  • The Scouloudi Foundation

  • The British Academy

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council

  • The Huntington Library (USA)