Newton Key, Professor of History

London from Primrose Hill 2009

Primrose Hill, London (Stones on the same hill, colder day)

Newton Key
History Dept.
600 Lincoln
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920

email: nekey at
office: 3725 Coleman Hall

  • Summary - I publish on the political, religious, local, and cultural history of early modern England and Wales, and co-authored a best-selling text, Early Modern England (now revising for third edition). I wrote on Norfolk agriculture (A.B., thesis, Brown), on Norfolk smuggling (M.Phil., thesis, Cambridge), and on Welsh Marches politics and religion (PhD, dissertation, Cornell). I have taught at Cornell, Trinity (TX), Harlaxton (UK), and Eastern Illinois (see my vita).
  • Research Interests - I am writing on (1) print, manuscript, and orality in State Trials; (2) mapping seditious meetings in the 1680s; & (3) the political use of aristocratic households in the London cosmopolis, 1680s-1720s (see my vita).
  • Student Supervision Interests - I am directing or have directed M.A. theses and Honors undergraduate research on: 18th century Anglo-American clubbing, the London Irish circa 1798, London and the slave trade circa 1700, London murderesses 1680s-1800, 17th-century popular calendar celebrations, and Restoration localities. Contact me if you are interested in aspects of the British Isles between 1550 and 1800, or the British/Irish diaspora before 1700 (see my office page & student work). 
  • Teaching interests - I teach undergraduates about the early modern world, early modern England, modern Britain and the British Empire, as well as researching and writing history. I teach graduates about crime & poverty in London, early modern revolutions, early modern society, as well as historiography. I teach both graduates and undergraduates Irish history (see my syllabi page).
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last updated on January 14, 2014