Jenny Westrick

Graduate Student in History
Status: Post-Qualification, ABD

Research Interests

My research interests lie in late-medieval and early modern Britain and Europe, with a particular focus on seventeenth-century England. Broadly speaking, I study the intersection of religion, law, and medicine; more specifically, I'm exploring sixteenth- and seventeenth-century beliefs about the transmission of character and culpability through bloodlines. Other topics of teaching and research interest include the history of the body, Reformations, crime, the family, demonology, and witchcraft.


Conference Review, "The Enlightenment Pope: Benedict XIV (1675-1758)," St. Louis, Missouri, 30 April - 2 May 2012. Eighteenth-Century Studies 46:1 (2012): 171-74.


"In the Blood: Breeding Vice and Virtue in Early Modern Britain"


Center for Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis: spring 2015

Arts & Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis: spring 2015

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Washington University in St. Louis: 2013-2014

T.A. Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis: 2009-2014

Mellon Early Modern Dissertation Fellowship: summer 2009, 2011, 2013

Arts & Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis​: fall 2012

Mellon Vertical Seminar Fellowship: August-December 2011

R.W. Davis Travel Grant: May 2011

Newberry Consortium Travel Grant: January 2010

Frankel Fellowship: 2008-2009

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  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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