Participant Info

First Name
Celeste
Last Name
McNamara
Affiliation
Dublin City University
Website URL
www.celestemcnamara.com
Keywords
Early modern Italy, Catholic Church, Catholic Reform, religious culture, Venice, Veneto
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About Me

I received my PhD in 2013 from Northwestern University. After that, I taught early modern European history at the College of William and Mary for two years, before accepting a job as Assistant Professor of Renaissance History and co-coordinator of the Venice Programme at the University of Warwick. Next I spent three years as Assistant Professor at SUNY Cortland. Currently I am Assistant Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Dublin City University.

My research focuses on the intersection between religion and culture, particularly in early modern Italy. My first book, The Bishop’s Burden: Reforming the Catholic Church in Early Modern Italy, was published in 2020 by the Catholic University of America Press. My next book project focuses on the policing of illicit sexuality in 16th-18th century Venice by both ecclesiastical and secular authorities.

Recent Publications

The Bishop’s Burden: Reforming the Catholic Church in Early Modern Italy. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2020.

“Molding the Model Bishop from Trent to Vatican II,” Church History 88, (2019): 58-86.

“What the People Want: Popular Support for Catholic Reform in the Veneto,” Catholic Historical Review 102 (2016): 65-89.

“Confraternities and Rural Devotion in the Veneto,” in Rituals of Politics and Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honour of Edward Muir, eds. Mark Jurdjevic and Rolf Strom-Olsen, 309-336. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2016.

“Extending the Boundaries of the Sacred in Seventeenth-Century Padua,” in The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World, ed. Jennifer Mara De Silva, 215-232. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Italy
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 4, 6
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Religion, Sexuality, Sexual Violence