Amy Gant Tan is a 2014-2015 Graduate Student Fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History. Her dissertation, "The Author-Minister: Print, Parish, and the Pastoral Vocation in Early Stuart England" examines the intersection of pastoral ministry and print authorship in the early seventeenth century. Focusing in particular on the wide-ranging corpus of moderate puritan minister Richard Bernard, her dissertation demonstrates that ecclesiastical pressures, parish experiences, and other factors related to the ministerial vocation could strongly influence the timing and contents of not only polemical, but also devotional, publications. In addition, becoming active as a published author could alter aspects of a minister’s work within his parish and among his colleagues. The project also highlights ways that ministers could employ print to send simultaneous, and sometimes divergent, messages to readers or hearers at various levels of society.
In addition to early modern Europe and print culture, Amy's research interests include the Atlantic world and the global influences upon religious change throughout the early modern period. She also has longstanding interests in applications of digital humanities technologies to both teaching and research.
Amy is studying with Professors Peter Lake and Paul Lim.