Amy Gant Tan is a Ph.D. candidate studying print media and its religious, political and social contexts in early modern Britain. Her dissertation, "The Author-Minister: Print, Parish and the Pastoral Vocation in Early Stuart England" examines the intersection of pastoral ministry and authorship, investigating the work of early seventeenth century parish ministers who expanded the scope of their religious work through publication. Focusing in particular on the wide-ranging corpus of Richard Bernard, the 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. The study also highlights the ways that author-ministers could use print to send simultaneous but sometimes very different messages to readers or hearers at various levels of society, both within and beyond their parishes.
Amy has done previous work on mid-seventeenth century printed debates regarding ecclesiastical division and the sacrament of communion, the post-Reformation practice of divine meditation, and Tudor and Stuart interpretations of political controversies. Other interests include the early modern Atlantic world, the European Reformation(s), and digital scholarship in the humanities. She was chosen as the 2013-2014 HASTAC scholar for the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, where in 2012-2013 she was co-director of the "Exploring the 'Religious Turn' in Early Modern Studies" seminar.
Amy is an associate editor of Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England (edited by Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz; University of Nebraska Press, 2009). She has presented her work in several academic settings, including an invited presentation for a seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London in 2013. In 2010 she was selected to participate in the "Estrangement and the Natural World, 1550-1750" seminar at the University of Warwick as well as a seminar on English paleography at the Rare Book School, University of Virginia. She has completed both individual and collaborative digital projects through the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Amy is studying with Professors Peter Lake and Paul Lim.