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William J. Bulman

Assistant Professor

Department of History
Lehigh University
9 W. Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015


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Bill Bulman is an historian of Britain and its empire who teaches in History and Global Studies at Lehigh. Before moving to Bethlehem he held postdoctoral fellowships at Vanderbilt and Yale. His research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Templeton Foundation. His work focuses on politics, religion, and culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and in particular on the causes, nature, and consequences of the English Revolution. His first book, Anglican Enlightenment, offers a re-interpretation of the early Enlightenment and the religious politics of later Stuart England. His current research examines the changing nature of individual and collective political decision-making in the early modern British Atlantic world.

Anglican Enlightenment: Orientalism, History and Religious Politics in England and its Empire, 1648-1714 (under contract, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)

“Enlightenment and Religious Politics in Restoration England,” History Compass 10:10 (October 2012), 752-764.
“Publicity and Popery on the Restoration Stage: Elkanah Settle’s The Empress of Morocco in Context,” Journal of British Studies 51:2 (April 2012), 308-339.
“The Practice of Politics: The English Civil War and the ‘Resolution’ of Henrietta Maria and Charles I,” Past and Present 206 (February 2010), 43-79.
“From Anti-Popery and Anti-Puritanism to Orientalism,” in Jason Peacey, ed., Making the British Empire, 1660-1800 (under contract, Manchester University Press)