Katya Mouris is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the Catholic University of America and was a summer 2015 doctoral fellow with the Religious Freedom Project. Her area of interest is the Reformation and the social and cultural implications of religious change in the sixteenth century. In particular, she is examining the writings of a Franciscan nun, Caritas Pirckheimer, and her reaction to the introduction of Lutheranism in the city of Nürnberg. Pirckheimer argued that the sense of “the freedom of a Christian,” a central component of Lutheran thought, should apply equally to her and allow her the religious freedom to remain cloistered and Catholic. For Mouris, Pirckheimer represents the fascinating intersection between strongly-held religious belief and mutual toleration, a combination rarely seen in the early Reformation. Mouris completed her M.A. at the University of Toronto and her B.A. at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.