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Dr Chris Langley

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Professional biography

I joined the OU in 2022 after teaching at Aberdeen, York and Newman University. I was Visiting Scholar at the University of St Andrews in 2014 and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. I studied at Birmingham and Aberdeen. 

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research interests

I am interested in early modern religious culture, especially in Scotland: I want to know how people in the past experienced religion and how it fit into their lives.

My previous research has explored how the Civil Wars affected worship; how social care in seventeenth-century Scotland was shaped by religious and political change; and how clergy and their families experienced the Reformation and Civil Wars. My current research project explores the Scottish General Assemblies between 1638 and 1653.

I am also the Co-Director of the project ‘Mapping the Scottish Reformation: A database of the Scottish clergy, 1560-1689’.

Teaching interests

I have experience teaching a range of early modern history modules, from foundation to postgraduate level. 

I am part of the module team for A223 'Early modern Europe: Society and culture, 1500–1780' and manage teams of Associate Lecturers on A111 'Discovering the arts and humanities', A112 'Cultures' and A329 'The making of Welsh history'. 

I welcome PhD proposals from those interested in the religious cultures of early modern Britain and Ireland.

External collaborations

I am the Special Issues Editor for Scottish Historical Review and sit on the council of the Scottish History Society. 

I serve as an External Examiner for the History programmes at Keele and Edinburgh.