Grace's doctoral research examines early modern experiences of reading ‘how-to’ books, printed in England from 1550 to 1630. These practical manuals promised to teach their readers a variety of skills and trades, from gardening to chess. Through textual analysis and attention to marginal notes made by sixteenth and seventeenth-century readers, each chapter of her thesis explores a different mode of journeying through the early modern text, from following advertisements around the city of London to solving puzzles.
She holds an MA in Early Modern Studies from University College London and a BA in English from the University of Cambridge, and her research at York is funded by an AHRC studentship from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. She co-founded Miscellany during the COVID-19 pandemic to connect postgraduate early modernists interested in the history of the book.