Jamie Graves

Title: Emotions and Social Status in Early Modern England.
Period: 1500-1800
Funded by: AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities
Start year: 2017
Email: JAGraves1@sheffield.ac.uk

Primary: Professor Phil Withington | Secondary: Dr Kate Davison

Semester Two 2019/20 Office Hour: Tuesdays 10:00- 11:00 (Jessop West 2.01a)


Academic Background

  • 2017- , PhD candidate, The University of Sheffield, fully funded by White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, holder of an AHRC competition studentship
  • 2014-2016, MA Early Modern History, The University of Sheffield (Distinction)
  • 2010-2014, BA (Hons) History, The University of Sheffield (First Class)

Research Topic

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.


Conference 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


  • Crewe History MA Dissertation Prize, The University of Sheffield (2016)