Participant Info

First Name
Stephanie
Last Name
Cavanaugh
Affiliation
McGill University
Website URL
https://smcavanaugh.com
Keywords
Religious conversion, Moriscos, legal history, history of identification, sixteenth-century Spain, early modern Castile, Spanish Inquisition.
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About Me

I am a historian of the early modern Spanish world and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) with the Early Modern Conversions project at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

I earned my PhD in History (2016) at the University of Toronto. My doctoral thesis, “The Morisco Problem and the politics of belonging in sixteenth-century Valladolid” was supervised by Dr. Mark Meyerson with committee members Dr. E. Natalie Rothman and Dr. Kenneth Mills. I have an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in History and English from the University of New Brunswick. 

My research interests include religious conversion and colonial encounters in the early modern Spanish world. I study of ideas of difference and belonging in early modern Castile through an analysis of the transformations in political, juridical, and communal identities that formed part of the processes of religious conversion. Building on this work, my postdoctoral research investigates concepts of purity, race, and nation in reference to the forcibly converted Moriscos in the early modern Spanish Empire.

Recent Publications

Litigating for Liberty: enslaved Morisco children in sixteenth-century Valladolid,” Renaissance Quarterly 70, no.4 (Winter 2017): 1282-1320.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Spain
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Race, Religion, Slavery