Professor Jeremy Gregory
Jeremy Gregory is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Professor of the History of Christianity. The Faculty of Arts is spread across UK and international campuses with three schools in the UK, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, English, and Humanities; two schools on the Malaysia campus, Arts and Social Sciences and Modern Language and Cultures; and three divisions on the Ningbo campus, English, International Communications, and International Studies.
In his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Jeremy provides executive leadership to the Faculty and ensures strategic and operational outcomes are met. Jeremy is a member of the University Executive Board where he shares ownership of key decisions, jointly leading the development and implementation of strategy and policy in line with the University's Global Strategy 2020.
Jeremy joined the University in September 2015. He has a BA in Modern History and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford and was appointed Lecturer in History at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in 1985, becoming Head of History and Principal Lecturer in 1995. He moved to The University of Manchester in 2000, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, and to Professor in 2010. At Manchester, he was the first Director of Undergraduate Education in the newly-formed School of Arts, Histories and Cultures from 2004 to 2007, becoming Head in 2011, and from 2012 he was the founding Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, with over 6,000 students and c. 500 staff. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has held visiting fellowships at Brown University, Magdalen College, Oxford, and The Boston Athenaeum.
Teaching and Research Summary
Jeremy’s research and publications have shaped and contributed to the debates concerning the role of the Church of England in particular, and religion in general, in English social, cultural, political and intellectual history from the mid seventeenth to the mid nineteenth centuries. He has also published on the relationship between religion and gender, religion and the wider artistic and literary culture, and on the relationship between conformity and dissent. His current research is on the Church of England in colonial British North America and he is also keen to explore the rich records of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham housed at the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.
He is currently editing Establishment and empire: the development of the Church of England, 1662 to 1829, volume 2 of the Oxford History of Anglicanism and A History of Manchester’s Collegiate Church and Cathedral, 1421 to the present. He has been a co-editor of Studies in Church History and an editor of Literature & History. He was President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2013-15. He looks forward to supervising PhD students on any aspect of religious history in the long eighteenth century.