Christy is a church historian, specialising in religion and politics in early modern England. She recently obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Oxford upon the completion of her thesis, ‘Puritan Conformity, Church Polity, and Anglican Identity, 1628-1688’.
Her research interests focus on confessional and political boundary-crossing in seventeenth-century transatlantic Protestantism. Her forthcoming book chapter, ‘Edward Reynolds and the Shaping of a Presbyterian Bishop’ (Manchester University Press), addresses how a conformist-turned-puritan minister navigated the English Civil War and its aftermath with frequent changes of allegiance, and how his seemingly opportunistic approach to ecclesiastical politics revealed his deeper, more consistent pastoral concerns. Christy’s interest in boundary-crossing also expands to other areas of puritan studies, including, most recently, puritan use of providentialist rhetoric in deception and acts of dissimulation.
Selected conference papers
I have also been invited to contribute to the following journals by their editors: