About Kristen C. Howard
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and Department of History, studying Early Modern Europe with a minor in Art History. My research interests lie in the social and cultural history of the early modern European religious reformations, particularly in France and Francophone Switzerland. My dissertation, tentatively titled "Social Welfare and l'Hôpital Général in Reformation Geneva, 1535-1564," examines the many functions -- religious, social, and cultural -- of the newly developed Genevan General Hospital during the Reformation. This included, inter alia, raising orphans and foundlings, providing alms to needy families, paying to bury the dead, and supplementing the Consistory's efforts of ensuring that all Genevans were adhering to the city's newly established faith.
In 2014, I received an M.A. in History from the University of Arizona under the supervision of Drs. Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Ute Lotz-Heumann, and Pia F. Cuneo. In 2012, I received a B.A. in History from Washington State University under the supervision of Dr. Jesse Spohnholz.