Dr Ismini Pells

Project Manager at University of Oxford

Ismini joined the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester as a postdoctoral research fellow in July 2017 and moved with the project PI, Andrew Hopper, to the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford on 1 September 2021.

She studied for her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she completed a thesis in 2014 examining the career of Philip Skippon, commander of the infantry in the New Model Army. Since then, she has worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Exeter on a Wellcome Trust-funded project examining early modern medical practitioners, during which she researched the careers of practitioners in Civil War armies. Ismini has published a monograph on Philip Skippon, Philip Skippon and the British Civil Wars: The "Christian Centurion" (Abingdon, 2020) and an edited collection, New Approaches to the Military History of the English Civil War (Solihull, 2016).

She has also published articles and contributed chapters to collections on various military and medical topics relating to the Civil Wars. She is a trustee of the Cromwell Association and sits on the Council of the Army Records Society, the Battlefields Panel of The Battlefields Trust and the Research and Collections Advisory Panel of the National Army Museum.

Away from work, Ismini enjoys running to keep fit, supporting Ipswich Town and English cricket, and other such hopeless causes.

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