Dr Raphael Hallett

Dr Raphael Hallett

Director, Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor in Early Modern History
HEA National Teaching Fellow

+44 (0)113 34 33588

Summary: Early Modern Intellectual and Cultural History;History of Communication; Curriculum Design; Digital Literacy; Pedagogy of 'students as researchers'

Location: Michael Sadler 315


After attending Tregaron Comprehensive school in mid-Wales, I studied English Literature at King's College, Cambridge, specialising in Renaissance Literature, early modern rhetoric and critical theory. I completed a British Academy funded Masters at the University of Sussex, writing my thesis on Francis Bacon and the Royal Society. 

I stayed at Sussex to complete my AHRC-funded doctorate on the impact of printing on rhetoric and epistemology. There, I taught a range of courses (from 'Creative Writing' to 'Hegel and Historiography') before moving to the University of Leeds in 2007 as a Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History. I became Associate Professor in 2013.

Current Roles

At Leeds, I currently have two roles. One is Director of Student Education in the School of History, the other is Director of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence, set up in 2016 to oversee teaching innovation and scholarship across the University. I'm also centrally involved in the new Liberal Arts programme at Leeds. Within my senior learning and teaching roles, I specialise in Curriculum Design, Digital Literacy and Employability.

I hold a HEA National Teaching Fellowship and work closely with the HEA and JISC on educational projects. I have a particular commitment to designing modules and programmes that have outward-facing and collaborative dimensions, and my teaching design focuses on the idea of the student as co-creator of research.

Research interests

My History research interests centre on 16th and 17th century print culture, with a particular interest in the way printing techniques are used to energise new systems of knowledge, logic and education. I also research early modern discourses of persecution and toleration.

In relation to pedagogy, my scholarship interests are in the history and idea of the university, digital literacy and interdisciplinary curriculum design. Most recently, my interests have focused on changes to reading and learning behaviour in a digital age, and the revival of Liberal Arts education in the UK.

Postgraduate Supervision

I can offer supervision in the following areas:

  • Early Modern Print Cultures
  • Intellectual and Religious History of Persecution and Toleration
  • The History of the Book / Reading (early modern to present)
  • The Idea and History of the University


Undergraduate Modules

I have taught on Faith, Knowledge & Power 1450-1750 (HIST1060), Historical Skills (HIST1050), Primary Sources (HIST1300), History Students into Schools (HIST2540), Research Collaboration & Communication (HIST2550) and Toleration & Persecution: Heretics, Witches and Conspirators (HIST2180)

Postgraduate Modules

I have convened the MA in Social and Cultural History, and taught two modules within it; HIST5850 Concepts and Debates in Social and Cultural History and HIST5228 From Testimony to Evidence: Knowledge and Communication 1500-1750. I have also taught and redesigned MA Research Methodology (HIST5000).