Adrian Chastain Weimer


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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 finishing a book, A Constitutional Culture: New England and the Struggle against Arbitrary Rule in the Restoration Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming) 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).

She is also co-editing The Collected Works of Daniel Gookin, to be published by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. The Bay Colony's Commissioner for Indian Affairs, Gookin wrote detailed histories of Christian or "Praying Indian" communities and their wartime suffering.

Other interests include the history of toleration, practices of reading and writing, and the contributions of religious minorities to colonial American thought and political culture. Recent articles appear in the William and Mary Quarterly, Early American Literature, and Church History.

Weimer's work has been honored with the Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize and the Michael Kennedy Prize, and 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 National Endowment for the Humanities Long-term Research Fellowships at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society.

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