Introducing New Fellows in History and English

Regent's is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Fellows. Dr Charles Read will be the new Fellow in History and Dr David Parry the new Fellow in English.

Dr Charles Read – Tutorial Fellow in History
Dr Charles Read has been appointed as the College’s new Tutorial Fellow in History and will take up his appointment from September 2024. Charles joins us from the University of Cambridge, where he is currently Junior Proctor of the University, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and an Affiliated Lecturer in both the Faculty of History and the Faculty of Economics. He is also a Fellow, Director of Studies and Tutor at Corpus Christi College, where he is chair of the Education Committee and the founding director of the Bridging Course, the college’s flagship scheme designed to significantly increase the share of student body from backgrounds under-represented in Cambridge.

Charles is a historian of capitalism in Britain, Ireland and the British empire from c.1815 to the present day holding a MA in History, a MPhil in Historical Studies and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include the history of financial crises, the history of famines, the history of political economy and the contributions made by British religious non-conformity to economic thought. His most recent books include The Great Famine in Ireland and Britain’s Financial Crisis (2022) and Calming the storms: The Carry Trade, the Banking School and British Financial Crises since 1825 (2023). His next monograph, Gentlemanly Capitalism, the 1847 Financial Crisis and the British Empire, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Charles was previously based in Oxford as the Irish Government Senior Scholar in the History and Culture of Ireland at Hertford College. He has been a writer and editor at The Economist and works with the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation.

Dr David Parry – Tutorial Fellow in English
Dr David Parry has been appointed as Tutorial Fellow in English, a position arising from the recent retirement of Dr Julian Thompson and the upcoming retirement of Dr Lynn Robson in September 2025, and will take up his appointment from January 2025. David is currently Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Exeter. He attended the University of Cambridge where he completed a BA (Hons) in English at Christ’s College followed by a MPhil in Renaissance Literature and PhD on Puritanism and Persuasion in Early Modern England. David’s research interests cluster around the intersection of rhetoric, religion and intellectual history with English literature of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, especially the work of John Milton, John Bunyan, and other Puritan and Dissenting writers. He is excited to build on Regent’s Park College’s Dissenting heritage and strengths in Dissenting studies and also has broader interests in relating English literature to Christian theology.

David is currently working on a three-year project entitled ‘Writing Religious Conflict and Community in Exeter 1500–1750’ (ReConEx), funded by the Leverhulme Trust. His first book, The Rhetoric of Conversion in English Puritan Writing from Perkins to Milton, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2022. In addition, David is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Allegory, due for publication in 2025, and the Reviews Editor for Bunyan Studies, journal of the International John Bunyan Society.