Jeanne-Michelle Datiles

Ph.D. student (ABD), Early-Modern Europe
Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Britain, English Reformations, Recusancy

M.A., History, The Catholic University of America, 2020
M.S.L.I.S., Library & Information Science/Cultural Heritage and Information Management, The Catholic University of America, 2016

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Dissertation title: "Sisters of the North: Kinship, Religion, and Memory and the Women of Catholic Yorkshire, 1553-1642"
Advisor: Lawrence R. Poos

Focusing on female expression and experience of religious non-conformity and resistance, my dissertation examines the intersecting religious, legal and geographic spaces inhabited and shaped by English Catholic women navigating the dynamic yet turbulent world of early modern Europe. By tracing and integrating the activity and networks of several groups of women in some way connected to Yorkshire, effectively connecting two to three generations of northern English Catholics spread of over several countries, the study aims to deepen our understanding of how female religious non-conformists emerged from–as well as transformed–the networks of the English Catholic diaspora during and after the Reformation.

Research interests: late medieval and early modern Britain; religion, law, and society; English Reformation; transformation and shaping of memory, identity, and space in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries; recusancy and other forms of religious/political resistance; role of women and familial/social/intellectual networks in the making of memory.




Graduate consultant & Outreach Coordinator, CUA Writing Center (Fall 2022 to present)
Teaching Fellow, CUA Department of History (300 level courses: 2020, 2021)
Teaching Fellow, CUA Intensive English Program (Fall 2019- Summer 2022)
Sole Instructor, HIST 322A: "The Tudors and the English Reformation: Princes, Plots, and Piety" (Summer 2020, Spring 2021)
Graduate Fellow, Center for Academic Success, CUA (2016-2019)

Grants & Scholarships

Cosmos Scholars research grant, Cosmos Club Foundation, 2023
Summer Research and Writing grant, American Catholic Historical Association, 2023
Dissertation research grant, CUA Graduate Student Association, 2023
Research grant, CUA IHE, 2023
Arts & Sciences Dissertation Guidance Impact Scholarship, CUA, 2023
Course grant for Rare Book School, CUA Institute for Human Ecology (IHE), 2021
Research grant, Hayek Fund, Institute for Humane Studies, 2019

Conferences and presentations

A Martyr for His Season and Thus All Seasons: Henry Walpole, S.J., Richard Verstegan, and the Elizabethan Catholic Martyr Discourse,” paper presented at the American Historical Association annual conference, 2018

"Bridging Sign & Script: the Romain F. Butin Epigraphic Collection," curated exhibition, May Gallery, John K. Mullen Memorial Library, Catholic University of America, 2015

Syriac Manuscripts Exhibit, assisted curation, to coincide with the Seventh North American Syriac Symposium, hosted at The Catholic University of America, 2015

Searches in Sinai: the Romain Francois Butin Epigraphic Collection in Catholic University of America’s Semitics/ICOR Collections,” poster presentation, Society of American Archivists annual conference, 2014