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Jessica Hower

Assistant Professor of History


Areas of expertise

Early Modern Europe, Britain and Ireland, The British Empire, The Atlantic World, Comparative Colonialism

Book Manuscript in Progress: "Tudor Imperialism: Exploration, Expansion, and Experimentation in the Sixteenth-Century British Atlantic World


PhD,Georgetown University 2013
MA,Georgetown University 2009
BA,Union College 2006


Davis Lecturer
Georgetown University, Department of History
September 01, 2011 - May 01, 2012
"The Tudor World: Politics and Culture, 1485-1603"


"An Experiment in British Empire: Henry VIII in Tournai, 1513-1519," Memoire, Société Royale d'Histoire et d'Archéologie de Tournai, vol. XIV, forthcoming, late 2013


Seminars & Presentations

"Henry VIII, Tournai, and the Origins of the British Empire," presented before the North American Conference on British Studies, Cincinnati, OH, October 2008

"The Stuart Legacy of Henry VIII: The King in History, 1603-1688," presented before "Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, 1509-2009," a three-day academic conference to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, UK, July 2009

"‘Ungracious Dogholes': The Henrician British Empire in Tournai, Ireland, and Newfoundland, 1513-1527, Early Modern Global History Seminar, Institute for Global History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 14 December 2012


Honors & Awards

Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2012-13

Thomas Helde Award for Excellence in Teaching, Georgetown University, 2011-12

Royden B. Davis Teaching Fellowship, History Department, Georgetown University, 2011-12

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, "English Encounters with the Americas, 1550-1610" at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with support, July 2011

Piepho Grant for archival dissertation research, History Department, Georgetown University, Spring 2011

Non-Service Grant, History Department, Georgetown University (2010-2011)

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Georgetown University (2008-2010)

Teaching Assistantship, Georgetown University (2007-2008)

Graduate School Tuition Scholarship, Georgetown University (2006-2013)

GSAS/History Department International Conference Travel Grant, Georgetown University, 2009

GSAS/History Department US Conference Travel Grant, Georgetown University, 2008



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Contact Details:
(512) 863-1595(office)
Office: Mood-Bridwell 216