Celine Dauverd
Associate Professor
Early Modern Mediterranean


Professor Dauverd is on leave for the 2023-2024 academic year

Professor Dauverd teaches courses about the history of ancient and pre-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 Ancient Mediterranean," "Medieval Spain and Portugal," and “Gladiators and Prostitutes in Ancient Rome.” At the graduate level, she teaches seminars on Early Modern European cultural history and Mediterranean History.     

Professor Dauverd received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural relations between Iberia, 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) won the Eugene V. Kayden Book Award. It investigates the link between imperialism and religion through an analysis of the Spanish viceroys’ role in religious processions in Early Modern Naples. Dauverd’s third manuscript, Colonialism and Resistance in Early Modern Europe: Rebellion, Magic, and Reason in the Italian States, 1530-1760 (under peer review by Cambridge) explores Corsican resistance to Genoese colonialism. Her current book project, All the Kings of the Mediterranean: The Role of the Renaissance Papacy in the North African Conquest 1430-1620 assesses relations between Muslim and Christian rulers through the prism of the popes’ pursuit of imperial power. She is also crafting a historical fiction book probing women’s resilience and global resistance during WWII through the lives of her foremothers in France and Vietnam. In recent years, Dauverd has won fellowships from the Casa de Velázquez Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, Center for Humanities and the Arts at CU Boulder, Council of American Overseas Research Center, European University Institute in Florence, Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I Tatti Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance in Florence, Humanities Research Institute at the University of California Irvine, and the Mellon Foundation at the Huntington Library. During the 2023-24 academic year, she is a fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University in New York. 

 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. Current graduate students work on culture and religion in premodern Europe.