I study the history of religious thought and politics in early modern Britain, with a special focus on the English Civil Wars and Revolution of the mid-seventeenth century. My dissertation, titled "Religious Toleration and Protestant Expansion in Revolutionary England, 1642-1658," will provide a new perspective on this pivotal period in British history by situating the political and intellectual history of religious liberty within a broader European confessional and colonial context. In particular, I will explore the relationship between the growing demands for religious toleration in England and the perceived need to unify, strengthen, and expand the reach of the Protestant churches in Britain, Ireland, continental Europe, and the New World.
Several themes from my dissertation research can be found in my article, "Protestant Unity and Anti-Catholicism: the Irenicism and Philo-Semitism of John Dury in Context," published in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of British Studies. More broadly, I have presented research on Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel of Amsterdam, and published work on Protestant attitudes toward Judaism and Islam in the early modern period. In spring 2018, I will be teaching a JHU undergraduate course on persecution and toleration in early modern Europe.
I hold a Bachelor of Humanities (2007) from Carleton University in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada, and a Master of Arts (2012) from the University of Alberta. My doctoral research is supported by a fellowship from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Thesis Title: "Religious Toleration and Protestant Expansion in Revolutionary England, 1642-1658"
Main Advisor: Professor Marshall