Professor Glenn Burgess

Professor Glenn Burgess

Professor of History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


Glenn Burgess is Professor of Early Modern History. He served as the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) from May 2014 to August 2019, having previously held the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) since February 2010. He has been a member of the history Department since 1994.

He was born in New Zealand, and educated there (Victoria University of Wellington), as well as at the University of Cambridge, where he completed a PhD in 1988.

Professor Burgess returned to New Zealand to teach at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch from 1988 to 1994, when he joined the History School at Hull. He was awarded a personal chair in 1998.

He served as Head of Department of History from 2003 to 2009 and has also served as Deputy Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has been a member of Senate since 2001.

Professor Burgess's research interests have mostly been in the history of Tudor and Stuart England, the history of political thought, and philosophy and theory of history. His current work, though, is on the political thought of George Orwell , and on the theory and history of free speech and academic freedom.

His major publications include The Politics of the Ancient Constitution: An Introduction to English Political Thought 1603-1642 (1992); Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution (1996); British Political Thought 1500-1660: The Politics of the Post-Reformation (2009); and, as editor, The New British History: Founding a Modern State 1603-1715 (1999); English Radicalism, 1550-1850 (2007), and European Political Thought 1450-1700 (2009).

Professor Burgess is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Recent outputs

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The accession of James I: Historical and cultural consequences

Burgess, G., Wymer, R., & Lawrence, J. (2016). The accession of James I: Historical and cultural consequences. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

England's wars of religion, revisited

Burgess, G., & Prior, C. W. A. (2011). C. Prior, & G. Burgess (Eds.), England's wars of religion, revisited. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge

Book Chapter

Monarchy and Commonwealth: 'republican' defences of monarchy at the Restoration

Burgess, G. (2018). Monarchy and Commonwealth: 'republican' defences of monarchy at the Restoration. In J. Clare (Ed.), From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and departures (53-68). Manchester: Manchester University Press

Political Obedience

Burgess, G. (2016). Political Obedience. In U. Rublack (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformations (83-102). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Royalism and liberty of conscience in the English Revolution

Burgess, G. Royalism and liberty of conscience in the English Revolution. . The University of Hull

Research interests

Early modern political thought

The political thought of George Orwell

Philosophy of History

Free speech and academic freedom

Lead investigator







Cities of Culture Research Network: Turning Evaluation into Policy


AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council




1 June 2019



Postgraduate supervision

History of political thought

Early modern history