Adrian Chastain Weimer
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. A part of this research appears in the New England Quarterly as "The Resistance Petitions of 1664–1665: Confronting the Restoration in Massachusetts Bay" (June 2019).
Other interests include toleration and the contributions of religious minorities to colonial American thought and political culture. Recent articles on this topic include “Quakers, Puritans, and the Problem of Godly Loyalty in the Early Restoration,” in the The Worlds of William Penn, eds. Andrew R. Murphy and John Smolenski (Rutgers 2019); “Huguenot Refugees and the Meaning of Charity in Early New England” (Church History, 2017); and “Elizabeth Hooton and the Lived Politics of Toleration in Massachusetts Bay” (William & Mary Quarterly, 2017), which won the Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize.
She has also researched colonial religious practices surrounding affliction and trauma. Recent publications in this area include “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.
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.
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.