Rachel Reeves (UCD) Jacobite Studies Trust Fellow

Politeness in the heights of the high church: power and taste among the nonjuring and Jacobite clergy

Rachel Reeves is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of California at Davis. She earned a BA from Pacific Union College (2007) and a MA from UC Davis (2011). She has also held fellowships with the Mellon UCD Early-modern Research Initiative, Yale's Lewis Walpole Library, and UCLA's William Andrews Clark Library.  Her dissertation examines the importance of politeness to the Anglican clergy as they faced the challenges posed to church authority by the Revolution Settlement of 1689. This research is based on prescriptive literature, published controversies, and correspondence among church patrons. It draws together scholarship on the institution of the Anglican Church and the development of secular moral standards. Her work with the Jacobite Trust will compare ideal conduct of the juring clergy with that of the nonjuring clergy in similar sources and ask whether politeness was a particularly new or whig set of ideals. 

Her research interests include: the use of 'soft power', particularly taste, by the ambitious or insecure; the influence of private patronage on professionalisation and centralisation; the construction of authority before a public sphere.