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Dr Katy Gibbons

Senior Lecturer

Katy Gibbons


I joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2009, having previously taught at the University of Warwick and the University of York. My PhD explored the English Catholic community in Paris in the reign of Elizabeth I, a subject which will be the focus of my forthcoming monograph. I have published on various aspects of early modern Catholic exile, including the exiles’ use of saints’ cults overseas and the ways in which exiles interacted with their host environment.

Research Interests

My main interests lie in religious change in early modern England and Europe. I am particularly interested in religious exile, its impact on the home and host societies, and what it reveals about the complex interactions between groups of coreligionists in different parts of Europe.

Research Clusters

  • Social and Cultural History

Discipline Areas

  • History 

Current Research Projects

I am developing a new project which explores the complex and interrelated phenomena of English Catholic exile, resistance and conformity in an international context through a study of the Percy family, earls of Northumberland

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