Jamie Graves

Department of History

Research student & Teaching assistant


Thesis title: Emotions and Social Status in Early Modern England.




Thesis abstract:

My thesis examines the role emotion played in constructing, maintaining and undermining social status in early modern England.

It does this first at a conceptual level, using dictionaries and conduct literature in order to construct the early modern emotional lexicon and analyse the ways in which it was explicitly employed to cultivate ideal dispositions and behaviours in readers.

The second half of the thesis studies court depositions and diaries to uncover how these concepts informed social practice among men and women at different levels of social status.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2017 - present
  • MA Early Modern History, The University of Sheffield (Distinction), 2016
  • BA (Hons) History, The University of Sheffield (First Class), 2014
Teaching activities

University of Sheffield Teaching Assistant 2020-21 academic year: 

  • HST115 The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
Publications and conferences

Conference and seminar papers:

  • ‘Emotions, Self-Government and Roles in Early Modern England’, given at ‘Edge of Politics: England, France, 13th-20th century’ workshop, Université de Lille, France, 7-8 November 2019
  • ‘Conceptualisations of Emotion in Early Modern Dictionaries’, given at ‘Approaching Emotion’ workshop, The University of Sheffield, 11 September 2018
  • ‘Mightily Out of Order: Comfort, Sociability and Social Status in the Diary of Samuel Pepys’, given at ‘Home Comforts: The physical and emotional meanings of home in Europe, 1650-1900’ conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 5-6 October 2017