William J. Bulman

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Associate Professor of History and Global Studies



PhD, Princeton, 2010


Britain, Europe, Atlantic, Global


Maginnes 329


+1 610 758 6106



Bill Bulman writes about the political, religious, and intellectual history of Britain and its empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His research has been supported by awards from the Mellon Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. His work examines the causes, nature, and consequences of the English Revolution, and the ways in which early moderns confronted pluralism. His first book, Anglican Enlightenment, re-interprets the early Enlightenment, the post-revolutionary Church of England, and the religious politics of later Stuart England and its empire. His second major project locates the origins of majority rule in the representative assemblies of England and British colonial America. He is also engaged in two related, collaborative projects aimed at re-thinking the relationship between history and the social sciences.
God in the Enlightenment (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) (co-edited with Robert G. Ingram)
"Postsecular Feminisms in Historical Perspective," in Nandini Deo, ed., Postsecular Feminisms: Religion and Gender in Context (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)
Secularist Sacerdotalism in the Anglican Enlightenment, c. 1660-1730,” in Dan Edelstein and Anton Matytsin, eds., Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)
Enlightenment for the Culture Wars,” in William J. Bulman and Robert G. Ingram, eds., God in the Enlightenment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 1-41.
Hobbes's Publisher and the Political Business of Enlightenment," Historical Journal 59:2 (2016), 339-364.
Religion, Enlightenment, and the Paradox of Innovation, c. 1650-1760,” in Donald A. Yerxa, ed., Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners? (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), 100-112.
Enlightenment and Religious Politics in Restoration England,” History Compass 10:10 (October 2012), 752-764.
“From Anti-Popery and Anti-Puritanism to Orientalism,” in Jason Peacey, ed., Making the British Empire, 1660-1800 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2019)
“From Reformation to Enlightenment in Post-Civil War Orientalism,”in Peter Lake and Koji Yamamoto, eds., Stereotyping in Early Modern Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2019)
“From Renaissance to Enlightenment,” in Ann Blair and Nicholas Popper, eds., New Horizons for Early Modern Europe (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming, 2019)