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Anna Pravdica

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Emotional Sincerity, Social Authenticity, and Performance in England, 1660-1760

My doctoral thesis, ‘Emotional Sincerity, Social Authenticity, and Performance in England, 1660-1760’ is supervised by Dr Naomi Pullin, Professor Mark Knights, and Dr Kate Loveman (University of Leicester), and funded by the M4C Doctoral Training Partnership. My thesis explores ideas about emotional sincerity, social identity, and what it meant to be authentic or performative in England from the Restoration to the mid-eighteenth century. In particular, it looks to tease out how these ideas, anxieties, and assumptions affected and informed interpersonal situations like marriage, friendship, and credit, while looking at the larger sociopolitical, religious, and cultural contexts that both helped influence and were influenced by these ideas. 

Research Area

  • Cultural History
  • History


'True Crime in the Archives: Researching and Feeling the Eighteenth-Century Old Bailey", Archives and Emotions Conference, Aston University, Birmingham and University of Malta, October 2022

'Letters to the Spectator: An Emotional Community of Early Eighteenth-Century Readers", North American Chapter on the History of Emotion Conference, George Mason University, June 2022

'"Wild and Incoherent in Her Desires": Fantomina and the Passions in Early Eighteenth-Century England', Eliza Haywood: 300 Years of Love in Excess Conference, Purdue University, April 2019

Public Engagement & Impact

I currently manage the North American Chapter on the History of Emotion's Twitter account, @NACHEmotion.

In the past, I have worked as a docent and program assistant at the Gibson House Museum in Boston and as an Education Intern at the Shirley-Eustis House Museum in Roxbury, Massachusetts. At each I was tasked with interpreting the historical significance of the house museums for visitors, as well as designing lesson plans for visiting student groups. 

Other Research Interests

More generally, I am interested in the social, cultural, and religious history of early modern England. I am especially interested in the history of emotions, legal history and histories of crime, print culture, social status, history from below, and courtship, family, and friendship. 


Academic Profile

2022-2026, PhD History, University of Warwick

Thesis: 'Emotional Sincerity, Social Authenticity, and Performance in England, 1660-1760'

Funded by the AHRC M4C Doctoral Training Partnership 

2019-2020, MSc History, University of Edinburgh (Distinction)

Dissertation: 'Feelings, Family, and Community in English Witchcraft Pamphlets and Plays, 1566-1634,' supervised by Professor Adam Fox

Funded by the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology's Fennell Masters Scholarship

2015-2019, BA History & Literature Honours, Suffolk University, Boston (First Class)

Minors in Classics and Women’s & Gender Studies

Dissertation: '“Aids from Nature, Join’d to the Wiles of Art”: Emotional, Social, and Theatrical Performance in Eliza Haywood’s “Fantomina” and Early Eighteenth-Century England,' supervised by Professor Michèle Plott and Professor Hannah Hudson

Summer 2020, Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, International TEFL Academy

Summer 2018, Intensive Italian, Florence University of the Arts, Italy 

Funded by the U.S. Department of State's International Gilman Scholarship

Other Responsibilities and Experience

2021-2022, Visiting Honours Scholar and Teaching Assistant, Suffolk University History, Language, & Global Culture Department

2019-2021, Research Assistant, Suffolk University History, Language, & Global Culture Department

Edited, formatted, and indexed Professor Barbara Abrams, Professor Mira Morgenstern, and Professor Karen Sullivan’s Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment book, Reframing Rousseau’s 'Levite d’Ephraim': The Hebrew Bible, Hospitality, and Modern Identity.

2018-2019, Research Assistantship, Suffolk University English Department

Worked as a research assistant for Professor Hannah Hudson, assisting with numerous projects, including now-published article '"Botany Bay" in British Magazines, 1786-1791'.

Funding, Awards, and Honours

2022-2026, AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Warwick

2019-2020, The Fennell Masters Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

Autumn 2019, Conference Student Support Fund, University of Edinburgh

Spring 2019, Excellence in Honours Award for an Outstanding Senior Project in the Humanities Division, Suffolk University

Spring 2019, Excellence in Honours Award for an Outstanding Senior Project in History and Literature Honours, Suffolk University

Spring 2019, Departmental Distinction in History Award, Suffolk University

Spring 2019, George J. Levy History Prize, Suffolk University

Spring 2019, Women’s & Gender Studies Book Prize, Suffolk University

Spring 2019English Department Recognition Day Scholarship, Suffolk University

Spring 2019, CAS Honours Travel and Research Fellowship, Suffolk University

Spring 2019, History Department Travel and Research Funding, Suffolk University

Summer 2018, U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Spring 2018, History Book Prize, Suffolk University

Spring 2018, Honours in History – Member of Phi Alpha Theta

Spring 2018, Peter Caputo Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence in English, Suffolk University

Spring 2017, Honours in English – Member of Sigma Tau Delta

Spring 2017, Stanley M. Vogel Scholarship, Suffolk University