I am an historian of early modern Spain, Italy, and the Mediterranean world. Much of my archival research has taken place in Granada and Madrid, and other Spanish archives. In Summer 2018 I had the opportunity to return to Granada, on a grant from the American Philosophical Society. This grant also brought me to archives in Genoa, Italy, and has given me the the information I need to complete my first book.


Dissertation Research

My research is on the cultural and social history of early modern Spain and Italy. In particular, I have focused on the Renaissance in Granada, the history of Spain's nobility, the military orders, and Spain's religious minorities, including Moriscos, or Muslim converts to Christianity. My book on an elite Morisco family is currently under contract with Brill. I give a conference paper containing research from this project at the Universidad Loyola Andalucía in the VIDEO below. 

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2015 NEH Summer Seminar

In 2015, I traveled to Granada to be part of an NEH Summer Seminar, "The Alhambra and Spain's Islamic Past." Led by experts on the gardens and architecture of Nasrid Granada, and historians of the nineteenth century reception of the Alhambra in art and literature, I learned about the incredible beauty of the Nasrid palace, and discussed its cultural meaning with historians of the Islamic world, of imperialism, art historians of Italy and Spain, and scholars of literature and religion. 


Future Research

My second research project is driven by questions of how the Spanish nobility thought of themselves, and of their position in society, government, and culture. This book will be an effort to describe their worldview.

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Co-authored book chapter

Look for Ignacio Navarrete and my article, “Nobles and Court Culture,” in Brill’s Companion to the Spanish Renaissance (2019).

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Encyclopedia Article

Check out my recently published article on the Spanish poet, Hernando de Acuña: