Why pursue PhD work on John Owen in Belfast?

  • Relevant supervisors: Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University Belfast) and Martyn Cowan (Union Theological College) have both published books on Owen.
  • Relevant archives: Alongside first editions of works by Baxter, Hobbes, Milton etc., Queen’s Special Collections unit has copies of such items as The doctrine of the saints perseverance explained and confirmed (1654); the copy of A continuation of the exposition of … Hebrews … the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth chapters (1680) owned and marked up by Anne Hamilton, the countess of Clanbrasill; multiple copies of texts such as the Savoy Declaration (1658); manuscripts including the diary of Samuel Rogers in the 1630s; and access to the EEBO and ECCO databases, which provide facsimiles of virtually everything published in England and in English before the end of the seventeenth century.
  • Relevant training: Queen’s is one of only two European members of the Folger Institute, which provides PhD students with all-costs-covered training at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.
  • Relevant networking: Queen’s PhD students may apply to go on exchange to Yale Divinity School, courtesy of the Jonathan Edwards Centre, while incurring no extra fee to do so.
  • Relevant publications: Queen’s has a growing number of students working on early modern religion, and puritanism in particular. The most recent graduate working in this area took his PhD in December 2017 and almost immediately signed a contract for the publication of his book, which will be published as Orthodox Radicals: Baptist Identity in the English Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • And a speedy response to email enquirers!
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