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Academic Biography

Diana Newton was conferred as Reader in Early Modern British History at Teesside University in 2008. She took a BA in Medieval and Modern History from Liverpool University where she secured a university scholarship to conduct doctoral research. Her PhD, entitled ‘The impact on England of James VI and I: with particular reference to the religious context’, was published by the Royal Historical Society in its prestigious Studies in History series as The making of the Jacobean regime: James VI and I and the government of England, 1603-1605 in 2005. She joined Teesside University in 2001 as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Centre for North East England History and her second monograph, North-Eastern England, 1569-1625: governance, culture and identity, arising out of her research with the centre, was published in 2006. She has since published extensively on aspects of north-eastern England in the early modern period and has delivered many lectures and papers to the academic and wider communities in Britain, Europe and North America.

Diana is chair of Teesside University’s Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research (CRLHR), was director of the North East England History Institute (NEEHI) – formed by the five north-eastern universities – from 2006-10 and continues to sit on its management committee. She has organized a number of international conferences, most recently NEEHI’s ‘The battler of Flodden and its significance’ at the University of Northumbria in July 2013 and ‘Late medieval England: a tribute to the work and career of Tony Pollard’ at Teesside University in September 2013. She also coordinates the regular joint Day School with the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society. She is editor of the CRLHR’s Papers in North East History series and is a member of the editorial boards of the Regions and Regionalism in History series for The Boydell Press and the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal. She has been an invited peer reviewer for the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Historical Journal, and a book reviewer for the English Historical Review, H-Albion and Local History. She was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University in 2013.

Summary of Research Interests

Diana is currently editing the diary of Thomas Chaytor who straddled the commercial community of Newcastle, the clerical community of Durham and the county communities of Durham and Northumberland at both the professional and social levels in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The diary is a rare example from the period and offers an illuminating insight into Chaytor’s rich personal life as well as his career as registrar of Durham’s consistory court. Through the diary she is examining the social and political horizons of the northern gentry which were much broader that traditionally believed. And she is expanding existing work about relations between the gentry and the post-Reformation clergy which has concentrated on the gentry's clerical patronage but has paid very little heed to the ways in which gentry and clergy became more closely interrelated in other respects. It will be published by the Surtees Society together with an extensive introduction setting Chaytor into context as a Jacobethan gentleman.

Diana welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students in the field of early modern political or religious history or on aspects of regional history.


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