School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Dr Katy Gibbons

  • Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD in History (University of York)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2206
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am a Senior Lecturer in History and Admissions Tutor. I joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2009, having previously taught at the University of Warwick and the University of York. 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. My PhD explored the English Catholic community in Paris in the reign of Elizabeth I, which was the subject of my monograph English Catholic Exiles in Late Sixteenth-Century Paris (2016). 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.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Unit coordinator and tutor for The Early Modern World (level 5)
  • Tutor for Group Research (Level 6)
  • Tutor for Special Subject (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor (Level 6)


Research Clusters

  •  Social and Cultural History 

Discipline Areas

  •  History 

Current Research Projects

  • I am currently working on a 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. I am also interested in material culture as it relates to religious life and practice, including the use of relics and books.

Research profile

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