Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, specializing in British and European history. His work explores the ways in which early modern societies coped with religious diversity, and the reasons why toleration or secularism emerged in some regions while sectarian animosities persisted in others. He is currently working on a dissertation that examines the Presbyterian kirk’s attempt to eliminate Scottish Catholicism in the decades following the Reformation.

Ryan holds a BA in History and Political Science from Kenyon College and an MPhil in early modern history from the University of Cambridge.