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Kristen

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. I have been awarded a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.

My research interests lie in the social and cultural history of the early modern European religious reformations. In particular, my research examines the new systems of poor relief and social welfare that developed concomitantly with the Protestant Reformation.

 

My dissertation, titled “‘A house dedicated to God’: Social Welfare and l’Hôpital Général in Reformation Geneva, 1535-1564,” examines the many functions — religious, social, and cultural — of the newly developed General Hospital during the Reformation. This included, inter alia, raising orphans and foundlings, providing alms to needy families, paying to bury the dead, and supplementing the Consistory’s disciplinary efforts, ensuring that all Genevan families were adhering to the city’s newly established faith.

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 Montréal, Quebec, where my partner Chris Howard is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at McGill University.

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