Professor Jonathan Barry


Current position: Professor of Early Modern History

I was a History undergraduate at Cambridge and spent a year at Harvard before starting a doctorate at Oxford in 1978 under the supervision of Keith Thomas on the cultural life of Bristol 1640-1775. From 1982 I was a researcher at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine in Oxford, assisting Charles Webster, as well as teaching part-time at Brasenose College. In 1985 I became a Lecturer in History at Exeter. I have been active in the Society for the Social History of Medicine, the Pre-Modern Towns Group and in regional/local history at south-western and national level. In 1995 I became Head of the then Department of History and Archaeology. In 1998 I became founding Head of the School of Historical, Political and Sociological Studies, and was re-elected for a further five years from 2003. In 2005 the School expanded to become the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, under my Headship (until 31 July 2008). I was then Dean of Taught Programmes of the University 2008-12. I helped to found the Centre for Medical History at the University (with Prof. J. Melling) in 1997, and I am currently its Director. In 2012 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in Medical Humanities for a five-year project with Dr Peter Elmer on 'The Medical World of Early Modern England, Ireland and Wales c.1500-1715' which runs until 2017.

Series editorships

Bristol Record Society (since 2012)

Co-editor, Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic since 2005

Exeter Studies in History, University of Exeter Press, since 1989.

Studies in the Social History of Medicine, Routledge, 1991-7.

External activity

Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (1986-96)

Member of the Southern History Society committee (1991-8).

Member of Council of Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1993-2003)

Member of Board of Centre for Regional History, University of West of England (1998-)

Member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Urban History of Britain (1990-9)

External examiner for BA programme in Economic and Social History at Leicester (1994-7).

External examiner for MA programmes at Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway, London (1997-2001).

External assessor of History programmes at Roehampton Institute (1998).

External for PhD and MPhil awards (since 2000) at Durham, Bristol, Oxford, UCL.

QAA Institutional Auditor/Reviewer 2013-12

Historical consultant to Devon County Council, the Museum of Bristol and the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Referee for promotions committees, grant awards (AHRC, Wellcome, Leverhulme, etc), publishers (OUP, Yale, Routledge, Palgrave, Manchester UP, etc), journal articles (Albion, Historical Journal, Social History of Medicine, History, etc)