Christine Hill

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  • Graduate

A Ph.D. candidate since 2014, Christine specializes in early American religion with interests in cultural, intellectual, and public history. Her dissertation, “’Physicians of the Soul,’ ‘Physicians of the Body,’: Religious and Medical Discourse of Health and the Body in Puritan New England, 1660 to 1730,” examines the reciprocal and communal nature of ministers' and physicians' printed exchange of ideas and the crucial role this transference played in notions of gender, religious orthodoxy, and cultural status, and the subsequent emergence of two specialized vocations. Christine recently presented a paper at the 2018 South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS) Annual Meeting, entitled “’Wicked Imaginations’: Distempered Minds and the Power of Imagination.” She has also presented her work at the 2016 Ways of Knowing 5th Annual Conference on Religion at the Harvard Divinity School and for the History Department Colloquium. In 2017, she worked with Dr. Monica Najar on a digital mapping project, which highlighted the growth of evangelical Baptist churches in the Upper South from 1755 to 1815. Christine’s other accomplishments include a research internship at the Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society, a curatorial internship at Martha Vineyard’s Museum, a scholarship to attend Winterthur Institute’s two-week decorative arts course, and a practicum for the creation of an interpretative sign for a public greenway. Christine is also the recipient of several fellowships and grants from the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Kritzer Family Foundation, Lehigh’s History Department, and Lehigh’s College of Arts & Sciences.