BA Wellesley College, MA and MSc Roskilde University and Leipzig University, MPhil Trinity College Dublin
Thesis Title: The Rise of the English Disease: How Britain became Melancholy
Supervisor: Professor Rab Houston
My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the disease of melancholy and its influence on English identity, c. 1580-1740. In my thesis I explore how changing medical discourse on melancholia influenced how it was discussed in society at large and the role it played in constructing national identity in the early modern period.
- ‘Love and Dishonour in Elizabethan England: two families and a failed marriage’. Social History, 43:4 (2018), 533-535.
- ‘The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I’. Sixteenth Century Journal, 48:3 (Fall 2017), 832-833.
- “Commemoration in Tudor England: Changing Practices of Death during the Henrician Reformation” in St Andrews Historical Journal 7:1 (Fall 2017), 16-21.
- ‘Traveling Melancholy: From the Italianate Englishman to the English Malady’, TIDE Conference: Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England c. 1550-1700, 26-28 July 2018
- ‘Melancholy: The English Disease’, Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Conference, 29-30 March 2019
- ‘Melancholy: A Truly British Malady’, British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference, 10-12 April 2019
- ‘From Bright to Cheyne: The Changing Faces of Melancholy and Medicine in Early Modern England’, 28th Congress of the British Society for the History of Medicine, 11-14 September 2019
Teaches on MO1007: The Early Modern Western World, c. 1450 – c. 1770