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Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis
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Renaissance, Reformation, national identity, history of knowledge, humanism, European global expansion
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I study Renaissance Germany, particularly transformations in knowledge, power, and identity during this era of intellectual discovery and rediscovery, political retrenchment, and religious challenge. I am interested in exploring how knowledge (broadly understood) is generated, circulated, and used to impel action within specific historical contexts and under changing configurations of power and authority.

Recent Publications


The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous. (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2008)

The German Nation of the Holy Roman Empire, 1440-1556 (manuscript in progress).


Selected Articles

“Commerce and Consumption” in The Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformations, ed. Ulinka Rublack (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

“Between the Human and the Divine: Glarean’s De geographia and the Span of Renaissance Geography,” in Heinrich Glarean’s Books: The Intellectual World of a Sixteenth-Century Musical Humanist, ed. Iain Fenlon and Inga Mai Groote (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 139-158.

“Creating a Usable Past: Vernacular Roman Histories in Renaissance Germany,” The Sixteenth Century Journal, 40:4 (Winter 2009), 1069-90

“Buying Stories: Ancient Tales, Renaissance Travelers, and the Market for the Marvelous,” Journal of Early Modern History, 11:6 (November 2007), 405-446.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
2, 6
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Politics