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Early Modern History

Vanderbilt has a vibrant group of scholars in Early Modern history. Faculty research and teaching interests include geographic specialists in England/Britain, France, Germany, Italy, eastern Europe, India, and China. Among the areas of inquiry are legal, religious, economic, cultural, and gender/sexuality history. The Early modern faculty work closely with historians of antiquity and medieval history, and in collaboration with the programs in Classical & Mediterranean Studies, the Legal History Seminar, Jewish Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Pre-Modern Cultural Studies seminar (Robert Penn Warren Center); and the departments of English, French & Italian, and German & Slavic Languages, and History of Art.

We welcome applications from potential graduate students interested both in particular subject areas, but also in the questions and methods shared by all historians of early modern societies, including how to work with incomplete, fragmentary, or (deliberately) misleading evidence, how to reconstruct the world of culture and symbols, how to push beyond the learned texts that predominate in the historical record, and how to ask meaningful questions about the past.

There is no prescribed graduate curriculum; students are invited to craft their own program within the framework of the History Department Ph.D. requirements during coursework, but a applicant’s prior preparation, including knowledge of languages necessary to undertake Ph.D. level research, and the writing sample are particularly important factors. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in advance.


Current Faculty:

   Lauren Clay (History)

   Katherine Crawford (History/Gender)

   Joel Harrington (History/Religion)

   Peter Lake (Divinity/History)

   Paul Lim (Divinity/History)

   David Price (History/Religious Studies)

   Samira Sheikh (History/Religious Studies)



   Philip Ackerman-Lieberman (Jewish Studies/History/Law)

   Ari Bryen (History/Classical & Mediterranean Studies)

   William Caferro (History/ Classical & Mediterranean Studies)

   Leor Halevi (History/Law/Islamic Studies)

   Peter Lorge (History/Asian Studies)

   Tom McGinn (History/Law)

   David Michelson (Divinity/History/Classical & Mediterranean Studies)

   David Wasserstein (History/Jewish Studies)


Allied Faculty/Other Departments:

   Lynn Enterline (English)

   Edward Friedman (Spanish and Portuguese)

   Jessie Hock (English)

   Christopher Johns (History of Art)

   Jonathan Lamb (English)

   Bridget Orr (English)

   Kathryn Schwarz (English)

   Holly Tucker (French and Italian)


Current Graduate Students in Early Modern History

Kathryn Marshalek, Reformation England
Dipanjan Mazumder, early modern South Asia
Shounak Ghosh, early modern South Asia
Samantha Rogers, Reformation England
Marina Walters, Reformation England 
Anna Young, Masculinity in early modern England 
Jessica Lowe, Germany during the Reformation 
Jesse McCarthy, Reformation England 
Hillary Taylor, Italy and Reformation 
Katie McKenna, Italian Renaissance/Women's Studies



   Program in Classical & Mediterranean Studies

   Program in Jewish Studies

   Program in Women’s and Gender Studies