Melissa is a sixth-year doctoral candidate specializing in early modern European history (emphasis on the British Isles) and Women’s and Gender History. She is a 2018-19 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. Using the methodologies of book history, her dissertation compares over 100 fifteenth-century practical manuscripts with over 200 early printed practical books to reveal how changes to the presentation and transmission of even mundane information affected how men and women developed as readers, writers, and consumers of knowledge in early modern England. Her work has been supported by the Medieval Academy of America and the Richard III Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.