Stephanie is a doctoral researcher in the University of Birmingham’s History department, funded by a School of History and Cultures Scholarship. She completed her MA in Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cultural History of Renaissance England at The Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham) in 2009, graduating with distinction, and graduated from the University of Hull in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. Her thesis explores the community networks of early modern Stratford-upon-Avon through evidence drawn from such sources as probate records, parish registers and property title deeds, as well as non-documentary sources such as extant domestic structures and material culture. A particular focus of her work is the position of women in this bustling market town during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: their economic roles; their social networks and the quality of those relationships; patterns of inheritance and testamentary provision; their status as widows, wives or spinsters; and their experience of everyday life.
Stephanie’s other interests in terms of the early modern period are: wills and testamentary provision; affect and friendship; material culture; birth, marriage and death; the experience of privacy and domesticity, and much more besides! She is a proficient palaeographer, and loves working with early modern documents.
Other research projects with which Stephanie is involved include the ‘Shakespeare’s World in 100 Objects’ blog, of which she is a co-founder and contributor. The blog, which introduces items from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s museum collection in relation to the plays and life of William Shakespeare, can be found at http://findingshakespeare.co.uk/category/shakespeares-100.
Stephanie joined the EMREM forum as a participant in September 2010 when she began her PhD and found it hugely beneficial not only in terms of academic research, but also for socialising with like-minded, friendly people. She has been a committee member since 2011 and looks forward to welcoming new and returning students with this year’s programme of events.