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Dr Joseph Hardwick

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

 After receiving his first degree at the University of Liverpool in 2001, Joe spent two years in the United Stated studying for an MA in American Studies at Michigan State University. After completing research on the connections between nineteenth-century reformers in Britain and America for his MA, Joe returned to Britain and in 2004 he began doctoral research at the University of York on early nineteenth-century expatriate reform communities in Britain’s eastern empire. His doctoral research, which he completed in the summer of 2008, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. After joining Northumbria in 2010, Joe held an early-career fellowship with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is set to be visiting fellow at the Australian National University in summer 2019.


  • History PhD January 09 2009
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

Key Publications

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  • Acts of God: continuities and change in Christian responses to extreme weather events from early modernity to the present, Hardwick, J., Stephens, R. 1 Mar 2020, In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
  • The Church of England, Print Networks and the Book of Common Prayer in Atlantic Canada, c. 1750-c. 1830, Hardwick, J. 1 May 2020, Reappraisals of British Colonisation in Atlantic Canada, 1700-1930, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press
  • Special worship in the British Empire, Hardwick, J., Williamson, P. Jun 2018, In: Studies in Church History
  • Australia and New Zealand, Hardwick, J. 5 Oct 2017, The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Oxford University Press
  • Fasts, thanksgivings and senses of community in nineteenth-century Canada and the British Empire, Hardwick, J. 22 Nov 2017, In: Canadian Historical Review
  • Special days of worship and national religion in the Australian colonies, 1790-c.1914, Hardwick, J. 28 Feb 2017, In: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
  • The Church of England and English Clergymen in the United States, 1783-1861, Hardwick, J. 2017, English Ethnicity & Culture in North America , University of South Carolina Press
  • An Anglican British world: The Church of England and the expansion of the settler empire, c. 1790–1860, Hardwick, J. 1 Sep 2014
  • An English Institution? The Church of England in the colonies in the first half of the nineteenth century, Hardwick, J. May 2012, Locating the Hidden Diaspora, 1500 - 2010, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press

PGR Supervision

  • Heather Page Start: 01/03/2020
  • Heather Page Start: 01/03/2020
  • Shane Smith Forgotten Settlers: The Migration, Society and Legacies of British Military Veterans to Upper Canada (Ontario), 1815-1855 Start: 07/10/2014

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Joe’s research interests lie primarily in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British imperial, environmental and religious history, with a particular focus on the political and religious culture of British settler communities. Future research will consider human-animal relationships in settler societies, and will seek to apply philosopher Mary Midgley's notion of a 'mixed community' to the unlikely, and apparently unpromisng, surroundings of nineteenth-century British colonial settler societies. 


Past research has focused on two main areas. First, the overseas development of the Church of England and how it refashioned itself through contact with new settler societies across the British World; second, and most recently, the culture of community-wide worship that was a long-running feature of British settler societies at moments of acute crisis (things like droughts and wars) and celebration (the coming of peace, or maybe the birth of a royal). His 2014 Manchester University Press book, An Anglican British World, considered how the Church of England dealt with migration and tried to communicate new forms of authority across the empire of British settlement. Three recent articles in leading journals have considered the cultures of special national worship in Australia, Canada and the British Empire more generally. His second book - Providence, Prayer and Empire: Special Worship in the British World, 1783-1919 (Manchester University Press, 2021) - considers those moments when colonial populations of many faiths and ethnicities came together to pray for common causes and objects in times of crisis and celebration, and, in so doing, expressed a sense of religious community.

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