Aysha Pollnitz

WEBSITE(S)| https://history.rice.edu/faculty/aysha-pollnitz

Aysha Pollnitz (ap20@rice.edu) is Assistant Professor of History. Her research focuses on early modern political and religious thought and pedagogical theory and practice. Her first book, Princely Education in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2015), describes the fortunes of the idea that liberal education could bridle over-mighty monarchy more effectively than law. It simultaneously traced the practical function of the humanities in cultivating increasingly powerful rulers and states. Her current project investigates the translation of liberal education to the New World. It exams the role of pedagogy in discourses of empire and in the origins of thinking about social mobility in the Americas.