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Jeremy Nigel Morris (born 22 January 1960) is a British historian, Church of England priest and academic. He specialises in church history. Since 2014, he has been Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Previously, he was Dean of Trinity Hall from 2001 to 2010, and Dean of the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge from 2010 to 2014.

Jeremy Morris
Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Assumed office
Preceded byMartin Daunton
Personal details
Jeremy Nigel Morris

(1960-01-22) 22 January 1960 (age 59)
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Clare College, Cambridge
Westcott House, Cambridge
OccupationClergyman and historian
ChurchChurch of England
OrdinationDeacon (1993)
Priest (1994)
Previous post(s)Dean of Trinity Hall (2001–10)
Dean of Chapel, King's College (2010–14)

Early lifeEdit

Morris was born on 22 January 1960 to David and Diana Morris.[1] He studied modern history at Balliol College, Oxford,[2] and graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1981.[1] He remained at the University of Oxford to undertake post-graduate study, during which he was a temporary lecturer.[3] He was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1985.[1] His doctoral thesis, on the impact of urban expansion on the development of Victorian and Edwardian organised religion within the parish and borough of Croydon, was published as a book in 1992.


Early careerEdit

Following his university studies, Morris worked in management consultancy and university administration.[4] From 1985 to 1987, he was a scholarship officer for the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Then, from 1987 to 1990, he was a senior administrative officer at the London School of Economics.[1]

Ordination and ministryEdit

Morris left his early career in administration to train for the priesthood. He studied theology at Clare College, Cambridge,[2] graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1992.[1] He trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge,[5] and completed a Certificate in Theology for Ministry in 1993.[1]

He was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1993 and a priest in 1994.[1] He served as a curate at St Mary's Church, Battersea, from 1993 to 1996.[2]

Academic careerEdit

In 1996, Morris returned to academia as director of studies and then vice-principal at Westcott House, Cambridge.[3] Later he was a senior associate of the Cambridge Theological Federation and an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.[5] He was dean and fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge between 2001 and 2010,[4] and director of studies in theology.[6] He was Dean of Chapel at King's College, Cambridge from 2010 to 2014. In addition, he was a fellow of the college and director of studies in theology and religious studies.[5]

Morris's early academic work was in the field of modern British religious history, looking in particular at the impact of urbanization and industrialization on religious change. His first book – based on his doctoral thesis – was Religion and Urban Change: Croydon 1840–1914 (1992), and he continues to write on arguments about secularization. His general academic interests also include modern European church history, Anglican theology and ecclesiology (especially High Anglicanism), and the ecumenical movement. His research currently focuses on the social and doctrinal history of the Eucharist in Western Europe since 1800. He is director of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology (the "Lambeth Awards"). He is a former member and deputy chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England and continues to serve on a number of ecumenical bodies. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cardiff University, the Institute of Theology in Tallinn and the Old Catholic Seminary at the University of Bern. He is also one of the directors of the CRASSH project "The Bible and Antiquity in the Nineteenth Century".

In January 2014, he was elected the 44th Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He took up the appointment in October 2014, in succession to Martin Daunton.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Morris is married to Alexandra, and they have three children: Isobel, William and Ursula.


In June 2017, Morris was awarded The Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship by the Archbishop of Canterbury.[7]


  • Morris, Jeremy (1992). Religion and Urban Change: Croydon 1840–1914. Royal Historical Society Studies in History. 65. Woodbridge: Boydell. ISBN 0861932226.
  • Morris, Jeremy; Sagovsky, Nicholas, eds. (2003). The Unity We Have and the Unity We Seek. London: T & T Clark. ISBN 056708907X.
  • Morris, Jeremy (2005). F. D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199263167.
  • Morris, Jeremy (2007). The Church in the Modern Age. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781845113179.
  • Morris, Jeremy; Dormor, Duncan, eds. (2007). An Acceptable Sacrifice?: homosexuality and the Church. London: SPCK. ISBN 9780281058518.
  • Morris, Jeremy, ed. (2007). To Build Christ's Kingdom: an F. D. Maurice reader. London: Canterbury Press Norwich. ISBN 9781853117770.
  • Morris, Jeremy (2016). The High Church Revival in the Church of England: Arguments and Identities. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004326798.
  • Morris, Jeremy (2017). The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. 4: Global Western Anglicanism, c.1910–present. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199641406.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Morris, Rev. Dr Jeremy Nigel". Who's Who 2015. A & C Black. October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris elected new Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge". News. University of Cambridge. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Master: The Revd Canon Dr Jeremy Morris". People: Meet the Officers. Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris elected as new Master of Trinity Hall". News & Events. Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 16 January 2014. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ a b c "The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris". Fellows. King's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. ^ "The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris". Westcott House. 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Archbishop of Canterbury's Awards ceremony held at Lambeth Palace". Archbishop of Canterbury. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Martin Daunton
Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
2014 to present