Adrian Chastain Weimer

Associate Professor

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Ruane Center for the Humanities 121


Ph.D. - Harvard University

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Adrian Chastain Weimer is a historian of colonial America and early modern religion and politics. Her first book, Martyrs' Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England (Oxford, 2011) explores how puritans, Baptists, and Quakers imagined themselves within historical narratives of persecution, especially the stories in John Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs.” She is currently writing a book on the resistance movements of the 1660s, when puritan colonists creatively worked to protect local institutions from the demands of the newly restored Stuart monarchy. Other interests include toleration and the contributions of religious minorities to colonial American thought and political culture. Recent articles on this topic: “Elizabeth Hooton and the Lived Politics of Toleration in Massachusetts Bay” (William & Mary Quarterly, 2017) and “Huguenot Refugees and the Meaning of Charity in Early New England” (Church History, 2017). She has also researched colonial religious practices surrounding affliction and trauma. Recent publications in this area: “From Human Suffering to Divine Friendship: Meat out of the Eater and Devotional Reading in Early New England” (Early American Literature, 2016); "Affliction and the Stony Heart in Early New England," in Puritanism and Emotion in the Early Modern World (Palgrave, 2016); and "Heaven and Heavenly Piety in Colonial American Elegies" in The Church, the Afterlife, and the Fate of the Soul (Boydell, 2009), which won the Michael Kennedy Prize from the Ecclesiastical History Society. Dr. Weimer has contributed essays on Obadiah Holmes and Thomas Gould for the American National Biography, and on "Martyrdom in North America" for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia series. Forthcoming publications include “’If the King did but know your Hearts’: Quakers and Discernment in the Early Restoration,” in the volume The Worlds of William Penn (Rutgers); and "Colonial Quakers," co-authored with Andrew Murphy, in The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions. Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Young Scholars in American Religion program, and most recently through 2017-2018 NEH Long-term Research Fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society.

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