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My doctoral thesis, 'Sincerity, Deceit, and Social Identity in Britain, 1640–1740', is supervised by Dr Naomi PullinLink opens in a new window, Professor Mark KnightsLink opens in a new window, and Professor Kate LovemanLink opens in a new window (University of Leicester), and funded by the AHRC-Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training PartnershipLink opens in a new window. It investigates the religious, social, and political contexts that influenced contemporary ideas about sincerity and deceit in early modern Britain, and how these attitudes were linked to categories of identity such as rank, gender, and race. By exploring how these cultural contexts affected the everyday environments of family, friendship, community, and polity amongst non-elite people of the lower and middling sorts, it aims to construct a social history of sincerity 'from below'.

More broadly, my research interests include:

  • 17th- and 18th-century print culture
  • Work, social status, and identity
  • Religious history and popular piety
  • Family, friendship, and community
  • Early modern crime and legal history
  • The history of emotions


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Academic Profile

2022-2026, PhD History, University of Warwick

  • Thesis: 'Sincerity, Deceit, and Social Identity in Britain, 1640–1740', supervised by Dr Naomi Pullin, Professor Mark Knights, and Professor Kate Loveman
  • Funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

2019-2020, MSc History, University of Edinburgh (Distinction)

  • Dissertation: 'Feelings, Family, and Community in English Witchcraft Pamphlets and Plays, 1566–1634,' supervised by Professor Adam Fox
  • Funded by the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology's Fennell Masters Scholarship

2015-2019, BA History & Literature Honours, Suffolk University, Boston (First Class)

  • Minors in Classics and Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Dissertation: '“Aids from Nature, Join’d to the Wiles of Art”: Emotional, Social, and Theatrical Performance in Eliza Haywood’s “Fantomina” and Early Eighteenth-Century England,' supervised by Professor Michèle Plott and Professor Hannah Hudson

Courses & Qualifications

Additional Honours & Prizes

  • Excellence in Honours Award for an Outstanding Senior Project in the Humanities Division, Suffolk University, 2019
  • Excellence in Honours Award for an Outstanding Senior Project in History and Literature, Suffolk University, 2019
  • George J. Levy History Prize, Suffolk University, 2019
  • Women’s & Gender Studies Book Prize, Suffolk University, 2019
  • History Book Prize, Suffolk University, 2018
  • Honours in History – Member of Phi Alpha Theta, 2018
  • Honours in English – Member of Sigma Tau Delta, 2017