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Adrian Chastain Weimer


Photo of faculty memberAssociate Professor

Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities 121


Ph.D. - Harvard University

Brief Biography:

Adrian Chastain Weimer is a historian of colonial America and early modern religion and politics. ** Dr. Weimer is on leave for the 2017-2018 year as a National Endowment for the Humanities Long-term Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Transatlantic puritan, Baptist, and Quaker movements; Religion and the formation of local political communities; Colonial American devotional and literary cultures; Early modern discourses of martyrdom, persecution, and marginalization; Protestant-Catholic relations.

Awards and Honors:

Michael Kennedy Prize - Ecclesiastical History Society
Young Scholar of American Religion - Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, Indiana University
W.B.H. Dowse Research Fellowship - Massachusetts Historical Society
Research Fellow - Folger Shakespeare Library
Peterson Research Fellow - American Antiquarian Society

Selected Publications:

Weimer, Adrian. (2017). "Holmes, Obadiah" in the American National Biography. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Weimer, Adrian. (2017). "Huguenot Refugees and the Meaning of Charity in Early New England". Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture86 (2), 365-397.

Weimer, Adrian. (2017). "Martyrdom and Religion in North America" in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.

Weimer, Adrian. (2017). "Elizabeth Hooton and the Lived Politics of Toleration in Massachusetts Bay". William and Mary Quarterly3d ser., 74 (1), 43-76.

Weimer, Adrian. (2016). "From Human Suffering to Divine Friendship: Meat out of the Eater and Devotional Reading in Early New England". Early American Literature51 (1), 3-39.

Weimer, Adrian. (2016). "Affliction and the Stony Heart in Early New England" in Puritanism and Emotion in the Early Modern World, ed. Alec Ryrie and Tom Schwanda. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Weimer, Adrian. (2011). Martyrs' Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Weimer, Adrian. (2010). "Gould, Thomas" in the American National Biography. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Recent Presentations:

Weimer, Adrian., Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Ann Arbor, "‘The Advice of the Reverend Elders’: Religion and Political Culture in Early Massachusetts". June, 2017.

Weimer, Adrian., American Society of Church History, Denver, "Godly Resistance: Political Intelligence and the Church in Restoration Massachusetts Bay". January, 2017.

Weimer, Adrian., Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Society of Early Americanists, Chicago, "Nests of Sedition: Imperial Loyalty and Local Autonomy in Early New England". June, 2015.

Weimer, Adrian., American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., "'Contempt of authoritie' and the Politics of Ecstatic Religion in the Early Restoration". January, 2014.

Weimer, Adrian., American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA, "The ‘Worke of Cains offspring’: Elizabeth Hooten and Provocation of Identity in Early New England". November, 2011.

Weimer, Adrian., American Historical Association, "'Our Brethren lay bleeding': Early New England Responses to European Protestant Suffering". January, 2011.

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