Early Modern Europe; women and gender; sexuality; identity formation; cultural history; the Netherlands, Germany.
(1) Dissenting Daughters: Early Modern Dutch Women’s Engagement in Political and Religious Disputes, highlights women’s contributions to the spread of the Reformed faith across Europe from 1550-1700, by detailing their teachings, efforts to convert unbelievers, organization of informal church services, participation in international debate, and encouragement of their fellow Calvinists abroad.
(2) I am also working on a book-length project that traces the international spread of domestic advice books in response to religious persecution, trade, and voluntary travel. It compares the content of advice to parents printed in German, Dutch, English, and French and identifies women active within these networks of religious exchange to highlight instances in which ministers provided women with the tools to write and publish devotional texts by insisting that women engage in domestic religious practices including reading and writing devotional texts, offering religious instruction, and even leading home worship services.
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2007
M.A. Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1999
B.A. Wake Forest University, 1997