Curriculum Vitae

Catherine Chou

Assistant Professor

Catherine Chou is a historian of early modern European political theory and culture. At heart, her work is concerned with dueling visions of the 'common wealth' and ideal society, and the ways in which men and women living in an age of religious conflict and dynastic uncertainty tried to make these visions a reality. Her current book project, 'Parliament in the European Political Imagination, 1550-1600', tells the story of how representative institutions became the objects of high-stakes political experimentation and innovation in the post-Reformation era by exiles, religious minorities, rebels, and establishment figures alike competing for control of church and state.

Her course offerings reflect both her love for dense political theory and her interest in tracing the resonances of early modern literature, religion, and thought in contemporary society. Prior to joining the faculty at Grinnell, Catherine served as an Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University and as a Five College Fellow in History at Amherst College. She received her PhD in early modern British history from Stanford University in 2016 and her BA in history from Princeton University in 2006.


1. 'The 1572 Bill Concerning Rites and Ceremonies and the Campaign for Liturgical Diversity in the Elizabethan Church', accepted for publication in the Journal of British Studies

2. ''One that was no furtherer of this devise': (Manufactured?) Opposition to the Monarchical Republic of Elizabeth I’, Parliamentary History , vol. 36, no. 3  (October 2017) , p. 273-297

3. ‘The Parliamentary Mind and the Mutable Constitution’, Historical Research, vol. 89, no. 245 (August 2016), p. 470-485

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