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Jenni's research interests lie mainly in early modern British history, but she is also interested in early modern Europe and its encounters with the Americas, as well as twentieth-century Ireland.
Her current research investigates the culture, production and dissemination of sixteenth-century ballads, especially as evidence of news media and a proto-public sphere. Her doctoral thesis investigated the ballads of the mid-Tudor crisis in their musical, historical and literary contexts, examining them as evidence for religious and political as well as cultural history. It contended that ballads were part of an oral culture, intended to be performed as well as read, and that they reflect the concerns of both the elite and the populace about issues as wide ranging as female monarchy, the Reformation, economics, the English commonwealth and news.