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, entitled “To ‘Dwell in Houses of Clay’: The Paradox of the Material Body” at the 2016 Ways of Knowing 5th Annual Conference on Religion at the Harvard Divinity School. Her other accomplishments include 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.