Bio


My teaching and research focus on the following areas of interest:

Puritanism, Politics
English Revolution
History of print
History of Political Thought
History of Religion and the Reformation
Global History

Academic Appointments


  • Professor, History

Administrative Appointments


  • Professor, Stanford University (2018 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, Stanford University . (2007 - 2018)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University (2002 - 2007)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (2000 - 2002)
  • Instructor/Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago (1998 - 2000)

Honors & Awards


  • Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022-2023)
  • Essay Prize (awarded for "Printing the Levellers"), Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (2022)
  • Harold Grimm Prize (for “The Family of Love and the Making of English Revolutionary Religion"), Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (2019)
  • John Ben Snow Prize, for best book in pre-1800 British History, North American Conference on British Studies (2019)
  • Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Book Prize, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (2019)
  • Samuel Pepys Award, for book making greatest contribution to understanding the era of Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys Club (UK) (2019)
  • Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History (for "City on the Other Hill"), Colonial Society of Massachusetts in conjunction with the New England Quarterly (2018)
  • Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2012)
  • 12-Month Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (2007-2008)
  • Short-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library (2007)
  • John Ben Snow Prize, Honorable Mention, North American Conference on British Studies (2005)
  • Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship, Bibliographical Society of America (2004)
  • Schmidt Fellowship, University of Chicago (1998-2000)
  • W.M. Keck Foundation/Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library (1998)
  • Post-Enrollment Fellowship, A.W. Mellon (1997-1998)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D, Princeton University, Department of History. (1999)
  • A.B., Stanford University, History (1992)

2022-23 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Anatomy of the General Rising: Militancy and Mobilisation in London, 1643 Peter Lake and Jason Peacey, eds., Insolent Proceedings: Rethinking Public Politics in the English Revolution Como, D. Manchester University Press. 2022
  • Empire of Heresy: Samuel Gorton, Gerrard Winstanley, and the London Roots of Transatlantic Revolutionary Religion in William Bulman and Freddy Dominguez, eds., Political and Religious Practice in the Early Modern British World Como, D. Manchester University Press. 2022
  • Printing the Levellers: Clandestine Print, Radical Propaganda, and the New Model Army The Library Como, D. R. 2021; 7th ser., vol. 22: 441–486
  • Making 'the Heads of the Proposals': The King, the Army, the Levellers, and the Roads to Putney ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Como, D. R. 2020; 135 (577): 1387–1432
  • Provincial ‘Levellers’ and the Coming of the Regicide in the South-West in Chris R. Kyle and Jason Peacey, eds., Connecting Centre and Locality: Political Communication in Early Modern England Como, D. Manchester University Press. 2020
  • The Origins of the Concept of Freedom of the Press in Robert G. Ingram, Jason Peacey and Alex Barber, eds., Freedom of Speech, 1500–1850 Como, D. Manchester University Press. 2020
  • City on the Other Hill: The Plough Patent, the Company of Husbandmen, and a Radical Puritan Colonization Project NEW ENGLAND QUARTERLY-A HISTORICAL REVIEW OF NEW ENGLAND LIFE AND LETTERS Como, D. R. 2019; 92 (3): 348–90
  • The Family of Love and the Making of English Revolutionary Religion: The Confession and "Conversions" of Giles Creech JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES Como, D. R. 2018; 48 (3): 553–61
  • God’s Revolutions: England, Europe, and the Concept of Revolution in the mid-Seventeenth Century in K. Baker and D. Edelstein, eds., Scripting Revolution: A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolutions Como, D. Stanford University Press. 2015
  • Print, Censorship, and Ideological Escalation in the English Civil War JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES Como, D. R. 2012; 51 (4): 820-857

    View details for DOI 10.1086/666848

    View details for Web of Science ID 000310562100004

  • Modernity and the Glorious Revolution Colloquium on Steve Pincus, 1688: The First Modern Revolution Como, D., Weil, R., Pincus, S. 2010
  • Radical Puritanism, c. 1558-1660 The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism Como, D. edited by Coffey, J., Lim, P. Cambridge University Press. 2008
  • Review of "Religious Politics in Post-Reformation England: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Tyacke" by K. Fincham and P. Lake Renaissance Quarterly Como, D. 2008; 61
  • Secret printing, the crisis of 1640, and the origins of civil war radicalism PAST & PRESENT Como, D. R. 2007: 37-82
  • Print culture and the early Quakers. (Book Review) JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY Book Review Authored by: Como, D. 2007; 58 (1): 158-159
  • Politicians and pamphleteers: Propaganda during the English civil wars and interregnum. (Book Review) SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL Book Review Authored by: Como, D. R. 2006; 37 (3): 759-761
  • Anne Phoenix The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works, Series I, Printed Writings, 1500-1640 edited by Como, D. Ashgate Press. 2006; 5 (4)
  • An Unattributed Pamphlet of William Walwyn: New Light on the Prehistory of the Leveller Movement The Huntington Library Quarterly Como, D. 2006; 69
  • The burning of Edward Wightman: Puritanism, prelacy and the politics of Heresy in early modern England ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Atherton, I., Como, D. 2005; 120 (489): 1215-1250

    View details for DOI 10.1093/ehr/cei330

    View details for Web of Science ID 000234437000002

  • Review of "The Precisianist Strain: Disciplinary Religion and the Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638" Journal of Ecclesiastical History Como, D. 2005; 56
  • Puritanism and its discontents. (Book Review) AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Book Review Authored by: Como, D. 2004; 109 (4): 1196-1197
  • Legate, Bartholomew (c. 1565-1612) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Como, D. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • George Walker (c. 1582-1652) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Como, D. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Eaton, John (1585-c.1631) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Como, D. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Brereley, Roger (c. 1586-1637) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Como, D. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Traske, John (c. 1582-1636) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Como, D. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Boye, Rice (fl. 1629-1636) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Como, D. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Predestination and political conflict in Laud's London HISTORICAL JOURNAL Como, D. R. 2003; 46 (2): 263-294
  • Apocalypse how? Baptist movements during the English revolution. (Book Review) JOURNAL OF PRESBYTERIAN HISTORY Book Review Authored by: Como, D. 2003; 81 (4): 277-278
  • Review of "The Church in an Age of Danger: Parsons and Parishioners, 1660- 1740" History: Reviews of New Books Como, D. 2001; 29
  • Puritans, Predestination and the Construction of Orthodoxy in Early Seventeenth Century England Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c. 1560-1642 Como, D. edited by Lake, P., Questier, M. The Boydell Press. 2000
  • Review of "Metropolitan Communities: Trade Guilds, Change, and Identity in Early Modern London" International Labor and Working-Class History Como, D. 2000; 57
  • 'Orthodoxy' and its discontents: Dispute settlement and the production of 'consensus' in the London (Puritan) 'underground' JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES Lake, P., Como, D. 2000; 39 (1): 34-70
  • Puritans, Antinomians and Laudians in Caroline London: The strange case of Peter Shaw and its contexts (The internal workings of so-called "radical divines" in the early seventeenth-century English underground) JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY Lake, P., Como, D. 1999; 50 (4): 684-715
  • The Kingdom of England, the Kingdom of Traske and the Kingdom of Christ: The Persistence of Radical Puritanism in Early Stuart England Protestant Identities: Religion, Society, and Self-Fashioning in Post-Reformation England Como, D. edited by MacDonald, M., McClendon, M., Ward, J. Stanford University Press. 1999
  • Women, Prophecy and Authority in Early Stuart Puritanism The Huntington Library Quarterly Como, D. 1998; 61