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Department of History


Jillian Breeden

Title: Graduate Student
MA, Science, Technology, and Environment
Department: Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Kay Edwards

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Education: BA in Psychology and History, University of South Carolina


Jilli is a history MA student researching intellectual, cultural, and emotions history within the early-modern Iberian Peninsula. As a passionate student of both psychology and history, she enjoys marrying the two disciplines whenever she can in her research. Whether that be through interpreting the emotional/psychological effects of spiritual attacks in 16th-century Castilian nunneries or reading contemporary physicians’ philosophies on the human psyche and soul.

Her bachelor’s thesis, “Melancholy in Early-Modern Spain,” analyzed understandings of the disease then-known as melancholia through three lenses: the spiritual, the medical, and the allegorical. Through these viewpoints she explored how contemporaries understood the delicate balances and limitations between melancholy and madness.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.