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Melinda Zook

Promoted to Professor

Melinda S. Zook received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1993. She is a specialist in the history of Tudor-Stuart England and early modern Europe, with an emphasis on political thought, religion, and women. She teaches courses on English history, the medieval world, the history of women, film and Shakespeare.  She has directed the History Honors program since 2009 and is currently the Director of Religious Studies.

Professor Zook has published articles on radical politics, martyrdom, women and religion, and queen-ship. Her book, Radical Whigs and Conspiratorial Politics in late Stuart England was published by Penn State Press in 1999 and in paperback in 2009. In 2004, she co-edited, Revolutionary Currents: Nation Building in the Transatlantic World, along with her colleague in History, Michael Morrison.  She is currently putting the final touches on a collection of essays, including one of her own, on early modern women’s history by leading feminist scholars, entitled, Challenging Orthodoxies: The Social and Cultural World of Early Modern Women, set to appear with Ashgate this summer.

Last April, Zook published her second monograph, Protestantism, Politics and Women in Britain, 1660-1714 (Palgrave, 2013), in which she explores the religiosity and political actions of women from various social castes and confessions.  Her book demonstrates that what mattered to women in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, and what propelled them into the political sphere, were issues of liberty of conscience and the survival of Protestantism at home and abroad in the face of an encroaching Counter-Reformation Catholicism at the Stuart court and in Europe.  Professor Zook is currently working on the trials, executions, and legacies of the regicides in the 1660s (the men who participated in Charles I’s trial) as well as a study of the Church of England from the Reformation to modern times.

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