Dr. Pardoe writes for and speaks to academic and popular audiences about ethnic and religious diversity in Europe and America from the 16th-18th Centuries. She specializes in exploring the impact of diverse communities on individual lives and educational institutions. Dr. Pardoe completed her BA with Distinction at Northwestern University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned honors in History. She spent the summer following her freshman year in Northwestern’s Ethnographic Field School on the Navajo Reservation conducting interviews with Navajo college students about their educational experience and her junior year at the Eberhardt-Karls Universtitaet in Tuebingen, Germany. A grant for her senior thesis research on Lutheran education in colonial Pennsyvlania took her to the archives of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Selected as Marshall Scholar, she began her graduate career at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she earned an MLitt for her research on Lutheran schools in Reformation Germany and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. Her doctorate from Princeton University, “Refugees and Revolutionaries: Defining Pluralism in Early America,” integrated these interests. It examined an Indian interpreter’s, the Lutheran Church’s, and Pennsylvania’s political responses to that colony’s extraordinarily diverse population.
Dr. Pardoe is Senior Associate Director of the Office of Fellowships at her alma mater, where she also teaches history and american studies. With her husband, Jeremy Pardoe, she raises two young sons and arranges consignment agreements for his photographs.