Jessica C. Lowe is a fourth student and Ph.D Candidate in the History department. She studies the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe, focusing on the lay experience of reform in German-speaking lands. Her dissertation investigates how religious minorities, especially Anabaptists and spiritualists, negotiated the intertwined (and changing) civic and spiritual expectations within reforming communities. Her work aims to draw out the movement inherent in these negotiations – and examines the decisions such groups made to integrate, assimilate, separate, or migrate.
Jessica was recently awarded a ten-month research grant from the DAAD, which she will begin in the fall of 2017. Her advisor is Dr. Joel Harrington.