Early modern European history with an emphasis on Spain and Iberian expansion
The Johns Hopkins University
Department of History
3400 North Charles Street
338C Gilman Hall
Baltimore MD 21218
Telephone: (410) 516-7597
Office Hours: By Appointment
I joined the History Department at Johns Hopkins in 1972. My speciality is the history of the early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on Habsburg Spain and its overseas empire, a subject that has engaged my attention, albeit in different ways, throughout my scholarly career. I also have long-standing interests in art history, cultural history, history of cartography, urban history, etc. I also believe in integrating literature into the study of history, and this is reflected in my joint-appointment as Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
My books include Students and Society in Early Modern Spain (1974), Lawsuits and Litigants in Castile, 1500-1700 (1981), Lucrecia’s Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain (1990), and Urban Images of the Hispanic World, 1493-1793 (2000). I have also edited and contributed to several volumes, including Spanish Cities of the Golden Age (1989), Spain, Europe, and the Atlantic World (1995), a volume of essays dedicated to my mentor, John H. Elliot, that I co-edited with Geoffrey Parker; Spain in America: The Origins of Hispanism in the United States ( 2002); Inquisitorial Inquiries: The Brief Lives of Secret Jews and Other Heretics ( 2004); and together with my colleague, Philip Morgan, Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos and Crypto-Jews the Age of Mercantilism ( 2008).
In recent years much of my research has focused on the writing of chronicles and history in early modern Spain and colonial Spanish America. I have published several essays on this topic, and my new book on this subject, Clio and the Crown: The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press during the fall of 2009. I am also planning a short monograph, The Chronicler and the Count: Law, Libel and History in the Early Modern Atlantic World, which centers on the efforts of one disgruntled count to force one of the king’s chroniclers to emend a planned history of Spain in the New World, together with another examining what I call “The Spanish Craze,” which relates to the “discovery” of the art and culture of both Spain and Spanish America in the United States in the years between 1890 and 1930.
Over the years I have hand in the training of many graduate students in diverse areas. My policy is generally to give students the freedom to select their own area of research, although I do intervene, sometimes quite actively, in their choice of topics. My current graduate students are working on such topics as the idea of empire in late medieval Spain, conflicts over the use of religious space during this same era, and the book trade in the Spanish Atlantic world.
Potential graduate students should be aware that I am planning to be on leave during the fall semester, 2009, and again during the fall semester, 2010.
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