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Jessica Keene

Dr. Jessica Keene

Assistant Professor of History


School of Arts & Sciences


Department of History and Politics

Office Location:

Jeffries Hall 127A

Office Hours:

  • For the Fall 2020 semester:
  • Mondays: 12:30pm-1:45pm
  • Wednesdays: 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Thursdays: 11:00am-12:15pm
  • And by appointment
  • Note: All Office Hours this semester will take place via Blackboard Connect

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. History, Johns Hopkins University, 2020
  • M.A. History, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • M.A. Historical Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore, County, 2012
  • B.A. History, Christopher Newport University, 2010

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of History, Department of History and Politics, Georgian Court University, 2020-present
  • Instructor, Program in Expository Writing, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2019
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Department of History and the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2016
  • Assistant Book Reviews Editor, Journal of British Studies2010-2012

Research / Creativity Interest Area

  • Research interests: My research interests center on early modern English gender and religious history. My current book project, ‘Spiritual Fornication’: Monasticism and Sexual Depravity in Reformation England, argues that ideas about sexual depravity – whoredom, harlotry, incontinence, adultery, bastardy, and sodomy, to name a few-  were central to the process and progress of Protestant reform in sixteenth century England. I explore the role of sexualized rhetoric in early English Reformation polemic and devotional literature, the role of sexuality in the dissolution of the monasteries, and the ways in which alleged acts of sexual deviance were utilized to justify the closure of the religious houses and legitimize the nascent Church of England.
  • Courses Taught at GCU:
    • HST 120: World History I
    • HST 121: World History II
    • HST 300: Historian’s Craft
    • HST 350: Colonial Latin America
    • HST 365: Renaissance & Reformation
  • In addition to the courses listed above, I taught the following classes at other institutions:
    • Gender and Sexuality in Reformation and Counter Reformation Europe
    • Women and Gender in European History
    • The Tudors in Popular Culture
    • Expository Writing

Additional Information

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