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Mark Burden

Mark received his BA and Mst from the University of Oxford, and also has a PGCE from the University of Southampton. His Masters research included studies of Restoration psalms and hymns, John Bunyan’s sermons, and John Playford’s music publications. For his PhD, supervised by Professor Isabel Rivers and Dr David Wykes, Mark is writing an account of the private academies of Protestant dissenters in England, 1660-1720. Mark has investigated the lives of around 110 early academy tutors, which will be published in his Biographical Dictionary of Tutors at the Dissenters’ Private Academies, 1660-1720 (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, forthcoming). He has also compiled notes on nearly 1,000 academy students from the period, including Thomas Secker, Isaac Watts, Daniel Defoe, and Samuel Wesley. Mark has written numerous conference papers, on Richard Baxter, philosophy and theology at the academies, dissenters in the 1680s, educational manuscripts, dissenters and music, and other topics. He is a contributor to the Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, ed. John R. Shook (Continuum, forthcoming), the Dissenting Academies Database, ed. Simon Dixon and Inga Jones (DWCDS, forthcoming), and A History of the Dissenting Academies in the British Isles. 1660-1860, ed. Isabel Rivers and David Wykes, with associate editors Richard Whatmore and Knud Haakonssen (Cambridge, forthcoming). At Queen Mary, he has taught courses on poetry, eighteenth-century satire, and medieval literature; he is co-convenor with Jenn Chenkin of the Eighteenth-Century Reading Group. With Michele Cohen and Clare Barlow he is co-convenor of the Education in the Long 18th Century seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research.

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