Vanessa Wilkie

Degrees: Ph.D., Early Modern English History, University of California, Riverside, 2009; M.A., Public History: Archival Management, University of California, Riverside, 2003; B.A., Government and History, University of Redlands, 2000


Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Tudor-Stuart England
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Modern Europe
  • Gender and Women
  • Public History

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • HIST 101: World History to 1450
  • HIST 111:¬†European Civilization: Early Modern
  • HIST 112:¬†European Civilization: 19th and 20th Century
  • HIST 260: Themes and Personalities of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
  • HIST 260: Lords, Ladies, Fops, and Spinsters
  • HIST 360: The Rise of the British Empire
  • HIST 360: Popular Anxieties in Early Modern England

Previous Teaching Experience

 Lecturer, University of California, Riverside, Department of History

Current Research

My current book project is based on my dissertation, entitled, "'Such Daughters and Such a Mother': The Countess of Derby and Her Three Daughters, 1560-1647." I write about the myriad influences English aristocratic mothers had on their daughters. My research addresses themes of building and destroying kinship networks, political and literary patronage, aristocratic entertainments, religion, book collecting, sexual violence, and the construction of legacies through early modern death rituals.

Conference Presentations

"When the Estate Becomes the Stage: English Entertainments in Aristocratic Homes"
RCSC, Huntington Library, May 2011

"Inheriting Masques: The Stanley Women's Family Culture of Literary Patronage"
RCSC, Huntington Library, February 2010

"The Funeral and Legacy of the Dowager Countess of Derby"
NECBS, Boston, MA, November 2008

"The Life Behind the Tomb: The Funeral Monument of the Dowager Countess of Derby"
WCBS, San Antonio, TX, September 2008

"Exploring the 5th Commandment: The Language of Honoring Mothers and Fathers in Early Modern England"
PCCBS, Huntington Library, March 2008

"Besmear'd with a Sensual Life: Gender, Rape, and Print in the Castlehaven Scandal"
WCBS, Albuquerque, NM, November 2007

“Sexuality and Reproductive Rights: From Imperialism to Globalization”
Western Social Science Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2003

Public History Experience

Archival Research Assistant, University of Redlands (2002-2007)
Argus Assistant, San Bernardino County Museum (2001-2002)
Architectural Heritage Assistant, City of Corona City Planner's Office (2001-2002)

Professional Affiliations

Member: American Historical Association
Member: Renaissance Conference of Southern California
Member: North American Conference for British Studies
Member: American Association of University Women
Faculty Advisor: Phi Alpha Theta, University of Redlands 2011-2012

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