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Regent College
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eighteenth-century religious history, women's and gender history, letters and diaries, children and religion
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About Me

Dr. Cindy Aalders is Director of the John Richard Allison Library and Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity. She recently completed doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, where her research focused on the spiritual lives and manuscript cultures of eighteenth-century British women. Her doctoral thesis is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. In additional to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the author of To Express the Ineffable: The Hymns and Spirituality of Anne Steele. Her current research explores the religious lives of eighteenth-century children.

Recent Publications

“‘Serious Books’ and ‘Excellent Meditations’: Recovering Religion in the Reading of Catherine Talbot,”Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 41, no. 2 (2018), 211—23.

“Faith, Family, and Memory in the Diaries of Jane Attwater, 1766—1834,” in Pelagia Goulimari (ed.), Women Writing Across Cultures: Present, Past, Future (Routledge, 2017), 153—62.

“And a Little Child Shall Lead Them: Children as Spiritual Guides in Eighteenth-Century England,” Crux 52, no. 2 (2016): 23—34.

“Your journal, my love’: Constructing Personal and Religious Bonds in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Diaries,” Journal of Religious History 39, no.3 (2015): 386—98.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, North America, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Religion, Women