Dustin Michael Neighbors
Originally from the southern United States, I graduated from Georgia State University with a BA degree in History and Sociology. Upon completing my undergraduate studies, I worked as an Education Director for the Rome Area History Museum in Rome, Georgia, and Historic Houses Manager with the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia. After six years of working mostly in the non-profit sector, I decided to pursue my postgraduate degrees in the United Kingdom. In 2012, I earned my MA degree in Early Modern History from the University of East Anglia. In 2018, I completed my Ph.D. in Early Modern History at the University of York, under the supervision of Dr John Cooper. I served as a postdoctoral research assistant with Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom, producing research that served as the foundation for the success AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Network Grant that launched the project 'Henry VIII on Tour: Tudor Palaces and Royal Progresses." Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Privacy Studies here at the University of Copenhagen.
My doctoral research focused on Elizabethan royal progresses as fundamental instruments used to negotiate power between the ruler and the ruled, and craft spectacles of authority, particularly through ceremony, ritual, and visual displays. Through an interdisciplinary analysis of royal progresses, my research emphasised the influence of social interactions, as well as illustrating how gender, identity and political culture developed through interactions with and public displays staged for the Queen. Thus arguing that in the face of opposition to female rule and patriarchal control, Elizabeth I was an active agent in exerting power, influence, and control. This agency directly shaped the interplay of national and international relations, redefined the institution of monarchy, and established her voice and supremacy within sixteenth-century politics and power.
My current research focuses on the private and public nature of the European courts, primarily through spectacles, recreational activities, like hunting, and royal progresses (itinerant monarchies). I am presently working on the lives of Anna and August of Saxony in early modern Dresden, specifically examining notions of privacy within the personal/political endeavors, diplomatic exchanges, and exercise of power in Dresden, Germany, and the Holy Roman Empire.
Early modern monarchy/rulership, political and court culture
Early modern political and court culture
Women and power
History of monarchy; itinerant/mobile monarchy; princely power, queenship, and kingship
Electoral courts and power relations in early modern Germany
Tudor court culture