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Tanyss Sharp

Degrees:Master of Arts in History (November 2020)


“No Other Means Than by Pen”:  Letters From Early Modern English Nuns in Exile


Paul Nelles and Susan Whitney

What is your favourite thing about the program?

My favourite thing about studying at Carleton was the learning environment and the amazing people I got to share the experience with. I also valued the opportunity I was given to travel to England and Belgium to conduct research for my thesis – it still amazes me that I was allowed to handle 400 year old documents – I will remember that experience for the rest of my life.

What will you miss the most?

I will definitely miss the lovely people in my graduate cohort who I shared many laughs, dinner parties, and frisbee games with. I will also miss my supervisors, Dr. Paul Nelles and Dr. Susan Whitney who I have known since my undergrad, as well as Joan White, and other members of the history faculty who played such an important role in my graduate experience.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

The text that stands out to me the most is Caroline Walker Bynum’s “Holy Feast and Holy Fast,” which I initially read for a paper in Dr. Susan Whitney’s “Women, Gender & Sexuality” class, but it remained relevant and was incorporated into my final thesis.

What’s next for you?

In January 2021 I will begin working for a historical research firm in Ottawa where I will be able to put all the historical research skills I learned during this M.A. into action.