Joe’s research interests lie primarily in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British imperial, environmental and religious history, with a particular focus on the political and religious culture of British settler communities.
Joe’s research has focused on two main areas: first, the overseas development of the Church of England and how it refashioned itself through contact with new settler societies across the British World; second, and most recently, the culture of community-wide worship that was a long-running feature of British settler societies at moments of acute crisis and celebration. His 2014 Manchester University Press book, An Anglican British World, considered how the Church of England dealt with migration and tried to communicate new forms of authority across the empire of British settlement. Three recent articles in leading journals have considered the cultures of special national worship in Australia, Canada and the British Empire more generally. His forthcoming book - Providence, Prayer and Empire: Special Worship in the British World (Manchester University Press) - considers those moments when colonial populations of many faiths and ethnicities came together to prayer for common causes and objects. A forthcoming edited collection chapter explores Anglican print networks, lay religion and popular usage of the Book of Common Prayer in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic Canada.
Research Student Supervision InterestsAnglophone settler empire; colonial political and religious culture; colonial environmental history; colonial Anglicanism; religious responses to crisis in empire
PhD, History1 Oct 2004 - 1 Jun 2008
Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)13 Oct 2011 -