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First Name
Susan M.
Last Name
Utah State University
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Medieval, Early Modern, England, Social history, Reformation, kinship, networks, patronage, gender, architecture, gardens, landscape, botany, environment, material culture, applied history, experiential learning.
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About Me

My research investigates the impact of kinship, social and cultural networks, gender, and environment on wider patterns of premodern social, cultural, and political change. I have particular interests in how power was conveyed through botanical knowledge, gardens, and landscapes.

Additionally, I am an investigator for Nano-history, a network-mapping platform now in beta-testing, which allows for visualizations of human networks in the past. Check it out at

Recent Publications


Catholic Social Networks in Early Modern England: Kinship, Gender, and Coexistence (Amsterdam University Press, 2021).

Articles and Chapters:

“Flowers and Gift Culture at the Elizabethan Court,” in Floral Culture and the Tudor and Stuart Courts, Early Modern Court Culture, ed. Susannah Lyon-Whaley (Amsterdam, 2024), 227-248.

“Social Networks, Intellectual Affinities, and Communal Harmony in post-Reformation   Warwickshire,” in Changing Approaches to Local History: Warwickshire History and its Historians, Dugdale Society Publications LIII (Boydell & Brewer, 2022), 135-148.

“Involuntary Separations: Catholic Wives, Imprisoned Husbands, and State Authority,”    Genealogy 6, no. 4:79, Separated and Divorced Wives in the Early Modern World     Special Issue, ed. Amy Froide (2022),

“Religion, Landscape, and Clerical By-employments: The Dual Careers of Hugh Hall, Priest-Gardener of the West Midlands,” British Catholic History, vol. 36, issue 1 (May 2022): 32-65. Open Access.

“Catholic Nobility and Gentry from Reformation to Emancipation” in A Companion to Catholicism and Recusancy in Britain and Ireland from Reformation to Emancipation, ed. Robert E. Scully SJ with Angela Ellis, Brill Companion to the Christian Tradition, vol. 101 (Brill, 2021), 179-198.

“Catholic Englishwomen’s Mobilities in an Age of Persecution,” in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary History Forum on Early Modern Women’s Mobilities, vol. 14, no. 1 (Fall 2019): 109-117.

“Building the Badge of God: Architectural Representations of Persecution and Coexistence in post-Reformation England,” Archive for Reformation History vol. 107 (Nov. 2016): 165-192.

“Reputation, Credit, and Patronage: Throckmorton Men and Women, c. 1560-1620,” in The Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation, eds. Peter Marshall and Geoffrey Scott (Ashgate, 2009), 69-91.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Environment, Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Pedagogy, Religion, Women