Kristen Beales

Graduate Student

Advisor: Christopher Grasso
Current Research: Early America, Religion, Economy

Kristen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2010. Her senior thesis explored how Samuel Davies’ understanding of the family impacted his attitudes toward war, slavery, and religious toleration in eighteenth-century Virginia. Kristen received her M.A. from William and Mary in 2014. Her master’s thesis, “Exhorting or Extorting? George Whitefield’s Financial Controversies,” examined Whitefield’s fundraising techniques and their reception by his audiences in Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston between 1738 and 1770. Kristen plans to continue researching the relationship between religion and economy as she moves into her dissertation. During her time at William and Mary, Kristen has worked as an editorial apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and as a teaching assistant for Global History.