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Dr. Aysha Pollnitz

aysha.pollnitz@rice.edu, 318 HUM, History Department, Rice University, 6100 Main MS-42, Houston, Texas 77005-1827, ph. 713-348-3526


Nationality: Australian with H1b Visa for the United States of America


Current Appointment

Lecturer, History Department, Rice University


Previous Appointments

Lecturer, Department of English, Georgetown University (August 2009-May 2010)

Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC (Spring, 2009)

Research Fellow in Renaissance History, Trinity College, Cambridge (October 2005- January 2010)


Research Interests

I am currently completing a monograph on the theory and practice of princely education in sixteenth-century Britain. As a Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, I commenced a further research project on counsel in the reign of Mary I. More generally I am interested in the political and intellectual culture of early modern Europe, with an emphasis on England and Scotland and on the history of education.


Education

PhD (awarded May 2006)

Institution: Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Dr. Richard Serjeantson, Newton Trust Lecturer, Faculty of History

October 2002- March 2006 (viva voce examination)


Master of Philosophy (awarded July 2003)

Political Thought and Intellectual History

Institution: Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Dr. Richard Serjeantson, Newton Trust Lecturer, Faculty of History

Dates: October 2001- June 2002

Coursework: palaeography; early modern political thought; political theory

Examinations and results: three course-work essays and dissertation, placed in the category of “Distinguished Performance”


Bachelor of Arts (Hons. I and University Medal) (awarded April 2001)

Majors: History and Law

Institution: University of Sydney, Australia

Honours Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Fitzmaurice

Dates: March 1997- December 2000

Examinations and results: First Class Honours (95%) and the University Medal for History (signifying first place in the year)

Dissertation

Title: “Princely education in sixteenth-century Britain”

Examiners: Professor Emeritus Eric Ives (Birmingham); Dr. Stephen Alford (Cambridge)

Publications

Book Chapters

“Humanism and the Education of Henry, Prince of Wales, 1594-1612”, Prince Henry Revived:

Image and Exemplarity in Early Modern England, ed. Timothy Wilks (London: Southampton

Solent University in association with Paul Holberton Publishing, 2007), pp. 22-64.

“Educating Hamlet and Prince Hal”, in Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought, eds David

Armitage, Conal Condren and Andrew Fitzmaurice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

2009), pp. 119-38.

“Humanism and Court Culture in the Education of Tudor Royal Children”, in Tudor Court Culture, The

eds Tom Betteridge and Anna Riehl, Apple-Zimmerman Series in Early Modern Culture

(Selingrove PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2010), pp. 12-38.

“Christian Women or Sovereign Queens? Representing the Schooling of Mary I and Elizabeth

I”, Tudor Queenship: The Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth, eds Anna Whitelock and Alice Hunt

(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp.

“Religion and Translation in the Court of Henry VIII: Princess Mary, Katherine Parr and the

Paraphrases of Erasmus”, in 1Mary Tudor: Old and New Perspectives, eds Susan Doran

and Thomas S. Freeman (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 119-33,

forthcoming November 2010.


Web-Publication

“Introduction to Trinity College MS R.7.31” for Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded Resource Enhancement Project, based in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

http://scriptorium.english.cam.ac.uk/manuscripts/images/index.php?ms=R.7.31


Reviews

Review of Peter Mack, Elizabethan Rhetoric: Theory and Practice, for The Historical Journal, 47 (2004):1069-70.

“Agglomerate dynasties and disciplines”, a review of British Political Thought in History, Literature

and Theory, 1500-1800, ed. David Armitage, H-Ideas.

Review of Anthony Fletcher, Growing up in England: The Experience of Childhood 1600-1914

Journal of Modern History, 82/1 (2010) 177–178.


Work in Progress

Monograph, Princely Education in Sixteenth-Century Britain


Other Research and Editorial work

I provided research and editorial assistance to Dr. Annabel Brett on her edition of Marsilius of Padua, Defender of the Peace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005). This position involved: updating the citations for patristic references in the text; composing two sections for the “Notes on the References” which introduced the volume; and compiling the index.


I review articles on sixteenth-century history for The Historical Journal.


Teaching experience

English Department, Georgetown University

Spring and Fall Semesters 2009-10

Created and taught Gateway in English Literature, “Writing the Monarchical Republic: Reading the English Renaissance”

Awarded two Learning Initiative Grants for Curriculum Enrichment


Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

October 2006-December 2008:

Supervisor and Examiner, MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History

Advised graduate students undertaking course-work and dissertations on: John Colet’s biblical commentaries; education in Thomas More’s Utopia; the sixteenth-century reception of Cicero’s De officiis.

Contributing Lecturer, “British Political and Constitutional History, 1485-1750”

“European History, 1450-1760”

“History of Political Thought to c.1700”

Co-convenor, Themes and Sources Option, “Utopian Writing, 1516- c.1789”

Supervisor for Historical Argument and Practice Classes, Trinity Hall

Faculty Contact for the Graduate Early Modern Workshop

Trinity College Contact Fellow for Graduate Historians


October 2006-June 2007:

Supervisor, “History of Political Thought to c.1700”

Convenor, training workshop for graduate-student supervisors


Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge

October 2003- December 2005:

Supervisor, “History of Political Thought to c.1700”


History Department, University of Sydney

March 2001-September 2001:

Tutor (Teaching Assistant), HSTY 1034 Early Modern Europe

Tutor (Teaching Assistant), HSTY 2047 Renaissance Italy


Conference and Seminar Organisation

2007-December 2008: Co-convenor, Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar, University of Cambridge: http://www.polthought.cam.ac.uk/seminars


2007: Convenor and speaker, “Late humanism and political ideology in Northern Europe, 1580-1620”, 10-11 July, 2007. An international conference sponsored by The British Academy, Centre for Research in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge and the Trevelyan Fund, Cambridge. Speakers included: Malcolm Smuts; Anthony Grafton; Markku Peltonen; Jacob Soll; Jill Kraye and Richard Serjeantson.


Conference Papers

In November 2010 I am presenting at the North American Conference on British Studies. In Spring 2011 I have been invited to act as a panelist at the Folger Institute meeting to discuss “What is political thought in the sixteenth century?”. In June 2011 I have been invited to speak at the University of Liverpool’s Early Modern European History seminar.


Addressed Seminars and Conferences including:

2009: “Henry VIII and Education”, Trinity College, Cambridge

“Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, 1509-2009”, Hampton Court Palace

“Authority and Authorities”, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Reading

“Crossing the Channel: Britain and the Continent in sixteenth and early-seventeenth century”,

Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, University of Birmingham

Hamlet and Political Thought” workshop, Shakespeare Association of America

2008: Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, St Louis

Literature and History in Early Modern England Seminar, University of Oxford;

Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar, University of Cambridge;

“New Approaches to Tudor History”, University of Southampton;

2007: “Partners both in throne and grave: Mary and Elizabeth”, University of Southampton and

Chawton Library;

“The Cultures of Political Counsel Workshop”, University of Liverpool;

“Late Humanism and Political Ideology in Northern Europe, 1580-1620”, University of

Cambridge;

2006: “Erasmus and the Republic of Letters”, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford;

“Shakespeare and Political Thought”, Australian National University, Canberra;

2005: Renaissance Society of America, Cambridge;

Early Modern British History Seminar, Cambridge;

2004: “Tudor Court Culture”, University of Kingston-upon-Thames;

Early Modern Workshop, Cambridge;

Political Thought Workshop, Cambridge.


Awards and prizes

2010: Learning Initiative Grant for Curriculum Enrichment, Georgetown University

2009: Learning Initiative Grant for Curriculum Enrichment, Georgetown University

Short-term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

2005: Research Fellowship in History, Trinity College, Cambridge

Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize, Faculty of History, Cambridge

2001-5: Cambridge Australia Trust Poynton Scholarship

Overseas Research Scholarship, British Council

University of Sydney Travelling Scholarship (honorary)

2001: Australian Research Council Award

2000: Philip Erdos Prize for History, University of Sydney

Sir Herman Black Prize for Arts, Women’s College, University of Sydney

1999: Isabel M. King Prize for History, University of Sydney

Leonie Starr Prize for Arts and Law, Women’s College, University of Sydney

1998: Florence Fitzhardinge Prize for Arts, Women’s College, University of Sydney

Butterworth Books Prize for Law, University of Sydney

1997: University of Sydney Entrance Scholarship


Additional Certificates

2003: Small Group Teaching Certificate, Centre for Teaching and Learning,

University of Cambridge

2002: Classical Latin Summer School, University College, Cork (final examination

result: 94.5%)


Membership of Professional associations

American Historical Association

Society for Renaissance Studies

Sixteenth-Century Studies Society

Shakespeare Association of America


Referees

Research

Professor Patrick Collinson

Emeritus Professor of History, University of Cambridge

The New House

Shaldon

Devon

TQ14 ODS

United Kingdom

Professor Collinson does not use email.


Dr. Richard Serjeantson

Newton Trust Lecturer in History

Trinity College

Cambridge

CB2 1TQ

United Kingdom

rws1001@cam.ac.uk


Professor David Armitage

Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History

Harvard University

Robinson Hall

Room 215

35 Quincy Street

Cambridge MA 02138

armitage@fas.harvard.edu


Dr. Stephen Alford

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of History

King’s College

Cambridge

CB2 1ST

United Kingdom

saa24@cam.ac.uk


Professor David Harris Sacks

Richard F. Scholz Professor of History and Humanities

History Department

Reed College

3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard

Portland, OR 97202

dsacks@reed.edu


Teaching

Dr. Clare Jackson

College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History

University Lecturer in History

Trinity Hall

Cambridge

CB2 1TJ

jclj1@cam.ac.uk


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