I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and Department of History at the University of Arizona, studying Early Modern Europe with a minor in Art History. For the 2018-19 academic year I have been awarded a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship.
My research interests lie in the social and cultural history of the early modern European religious reformations, particularly in France and Francophone Switzerland. In particular, my research examines the new systems of poor relief and social welfare that developed concomitantly with the Protestant Reformation.
My dissertation, “Child Welfare and l’Hôpital Général in Reformation Geneva, 1535-1570,” focuses on the care and circulation of “unwanted” children (parentless, orphaned, and/or abandoned) in Reformation Geneva, many of whom came to live at the city’s newly established Hôpital Général.
In 2014, I received an M.A. in History (High Pass) from the University of Arizona under the supervision of Drs. Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Ute Lotz-Heumann, and Pia F. Cuneo. In 2012, I received a B.A. in History (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Washington State University under the supervision of Dr. Jesse Spohnholz.
I currently live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where my husband Chris Howard is a Research Assistant Professor in UNC’s Philosophy Department.