Tanya Blakeley-Clark, PhD Candidate

Tanya Blakeley-Clark, PhD Candidate.

Concentration: Early Modern Europe | Gender
Email: tanyabai@buffalo.edu


Tanya Blakeley-Clark is a fourth year PhD candidate from Rosalia, Washington. Her dissertation, entitled "Bodies of Evidence: Rape, Consent, and Courts of Law in the Home Counties, 1550-1700," examines sexual violence in early modern England and the legal and social factors that emboldened rape culture with special attention paid to the symbiotic relationship between popular literature and the law. This project is under the advisement of Dr. Claire Schen with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2022.


M.A. with distinction, History, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 2016.
Thesis: "The Martyrdom of Anne Askew: A Case Study in the Suppression of Feminine Spirituality in Early Modern England.
This project, under the advisement of Dr. John Collins, was awarded the 2016 Raymond G. Shultz prize for best departmental thesis.

B.A. cum laude, History, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 2012.
Capstone project: “Fasting, Purging, and Praying: Faith, Fertility, and Disordering Eating in the Life of Catherine of Aragon.”


  • Tirone Research Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Naylor Award for British Studies, 2019-2020
  • GSEU Research Development Grant, 2018, 2019
  • Folger Institute Early-Stage Scholar Research Seminar Award, 2018
  • SR Foundation, Advanced Studies Excellence Scholarship, 2017
  • University at Buffalo, Milton Plesur Scholarship, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020