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Historical Research

This page highlights the Department's expertise and latest publications

Antonio Barrera


  • Early modern Spanish history
  • Early modern European history
  • History of science
  • Atlantic world history
  • 16th-century science in Spain and America (natural history, medicine, explorations, navigation, cosmography)

Latest Publication:

Experiencing Nature: The Spanish American Empire and the Early Scientific Revolution (University of Texas Press, 2006).

Jill Harsin


  • Modern Europe
  • France and the French Revolution
  • Women's History
  • 19th-century France

Latest Publication:

Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848 (New York: Palgrave, 2002)

Robert Nemes

Heather Roller



  • Latin America, Amazonia and Brazil; ethnohistory; indigenous peoples under colonial rule; autonomous indigenous groups; mobility and migration; borderlands; environmental history

Latest Publications:

Contact Strategies: Independent Indians in the Brazilian Borderlands (book manuscript in progress).

"Autonomous Indian Nations and Peacemaking in Colonial Brazil," in Borderlands of the Iberian World: Environments, Histories, Cultures, ed. Cynthia Radding and Danna Levin Rojo (Oxford: Oxford University Press, expected 2018).

“On the Verge of Total Extinction? From Guaikurú to Kadiwéu in Nineteenth-Century Brazil,” Ethnohistory (expected October 2018).

Amazonian Routes: Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014)

Kira Stevens

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  • Early Modern Russia: popular culture social change, banditry, military history, and legal history
  • Russia and USSR, late medieval and early modern military history, women in Eastern Europe and USSR, indigenous peoples of Siberia

Latest Publications:

“Shabo: Wine and Colonial Prosperity on the Russian Steppe,” Kritika - forthcoming

“Warfare on Land, 1350-1815” Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, Vol. 2, Part 7 (Oxford University Press, 2015)