Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1062
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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.
My first book, The German Discovery of the World, examines the German responses to the overseas expansion of Europe, arguing that German participants and observers successfully made sense of the newly discovered lands and peoples on the basis of their existing expertise and interests. In putting the work of these mapmakers, travelers, publishers, moralists, merchants, and naturalists into the original context of its creation, I reassess the relationship between Renaissance knowledge and the European encounter with the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
My current research on “The German Nation of the Holy Roman Empire, 1440-1556,” examines how the intersections between national sentiment and imperial claims changed under the influence of humanism, imperial political reform, and the splintering of religious identity in the Reformation. I hope to expand our understanding of Central European political culture and identity formation and to offer a different perspective on the meanings of nation and empire in early modern Europe.
The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous. (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2008)
"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
"Renaissance German Cosmographers and the Naming of America," Past and Present 191:1 (May 2006), 3-43.
Articles in Edited Volumes
“Commerce and Consumption” in The Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformations, ed. Ulinka Rublack (in progress).
“Images of America in Sixteenth-Century Augsburg,” in Augsburg und Amerika: Aneignungen und globale Verflechtungen in einer Stadt (Augsburg: Wißner Verlag, 2014), 39-56.
“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.
Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Spring 2009
Faculty Research Grant, Washington University, Summer 2005
Fellow of the Dr. Gunther Findel Foundation, Herzog-August-Bibliothek, Summer 1999
Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Spring 1998
Dissertation Research Fellowship, DAAD, 1996-1997
Short-Term Fellowship, Newberry Library, Summer 1996
Text and Tradition: Early Political Thought (Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities)
Text and Tradition: Puzzles and Revolutions (Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities)
Europe in the Age of Reformation
Women in Early Modern Europe
Money and Morals in the Age of Merchant Capital
The Black Death and the Plague in Europe (Historical Methods Seminar)
Advanced Seminar: Medicine on the Frontiers
Graduate Seminar: Politics, Society, and History in the Holy Roman Empire, 1350-1700
Graduate Seminar: Gender in Early Modern Europe
Graduate Seminar: The Refomation