Celine Dauverd
Associate Professor
Early Modern Mediterranean

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Professor Dauverd specializes in the history of the Renaissance and the early modern Mediterranean.

Professor Dauverd teaches courses about the history of early modern Europe including "Early Modern Societies: Italy and Spain" "Mediterranean History, 600-1600," "Venice and Florence in the Renaissance," "Witchcraft and Magic," "The Cosmos in the Premodern Mediterranean" and "Golden Age Spain and Portugal." At the graduate level, she teaches seminars on Early Modern European cultural history. 

Professor Dauverd received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural relations between Spain, Italy, and North Africa during the early modern era (1440-1640). Her first bookImperial Ambition in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Genoese Merchants and the Spanish Crown (Cambridge University Press, NY 2015) examines the role of the Genoese trade diaspora in southern Italy in the context of the Spanish-Habsburg expansion in the Mediterranean Sea. Her second book, Church and State in Spanish Italy: Rituals and Political Legitimacy (Cambridge University Press, NY 2020) investigates the link between imperialism and religion through an analysis of the Spanish viceroys’ role in religious processions in Early Modern Naples. Dauverd is close to completion of a third manuscript called Genoese Colonialism and Corsican Resistance, 1530-1760, which explores resistance to colonialism through rebellion, magic, and reason. Her current book project, Three Kings of the Mediterranean: the Renaissance Papacy’s Imperial sovereignty over the North African Conquest assesses relations between Muslim and Christian rulers through the popes’ soft power via rhetoric and authority, and through raw power via secular jurisdiction and alliance politics. Her work has been supported by the Ahmanson Foundation, CAORC, Casa Velázquez, U.C. Humanities Research Institute, and the Renaissance Society of America.   

Professor Dauverd is accepting both M.A. and Ph.D. students. 
Recent graduates have worked on Renaissance Italian map making, gender relations in medieval Spain, late medieval race relations in Spain, early modern French religious wars.