Ph.D candidate, History Department and
CEMERS Doctoral Research Assistant, 2011-12
"My dissertation explores the widespread participation in and responses to publicized miracles in eighteenth-century France. Public debates over miracles drew skeptics and believers alike into the heart of the critical debates of the siècle des lumières by encouraging them to judge miracles for themselves and to respond to them as worshippers, witnesses, and judges. By studying both printed and manuscript sources, I examine how individuals reconciled their faith with the increasingly prominent values associated with Enlightenment. My project elucidates various underexplored crevasses within historical scholarship by stressing the interrelatedness of faith, reason, Church tradition, empiricism, and popular devotions. Participation in CEMERS this year presents an invaluable opportunity for me to explore many of the central themes of my dissertation within a variety of disciplinary and temporal contexts."