Elizabeth Terry-Roisin

Elizabeth Terry-Roisin

Ph.D., History, University of California-Berkeley, 2015
A.B., History, Dartmouth College, 2007

Research Interests:

Professor Terry-Roisin is an historian of early modern Europe and medieval Europe with a particular emphasis on Spain, Italy, and the Mediterranean world. Since completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of California-Berkeley in 2015, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Austin College for three years, where she taught European history from Antiquity to the present, led a study abroad program, “Oxford in History and Literature,” organized conferences for the Western Intellectual Tradition program, and then spent a year teaching the early American/Atlantic history survey course, while a collaborative scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.

Prof. Terry-Roisin’s research interests include the social and cultural history of early modern Europe and medieval Europe (1000-1700), the Mediterranean world, early modern Spain, the Renaissance in Granada, the empire of Charles V, relations between Spain and Italy, theologies of limpieza de sangre, and Spain’s Moriscos, or Muslim converts to Christianity. Her first book, Morisco Knights in Renaissance Spain, which begins in Nasrid Granada, deals with questions of cultural assimilation, the nature of “nobility” and the role of nobles in early modern Spain, and the treatment of religious minorities. Her first publication is a co-authored article with a scholar of Spanish literature on “nobles and court culture” in Renaissance Spain. Archival research for her book has taken place in national, city, and local archives in Spain and Italy.

A second-field medievalist, Professor Terry-Roisin is very interested in the history of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, in Spain and in the medieval Mediterranean world, and was trained by experts on Carolingian and Byzantine history. She has taught the history of knighthood and the military orders from the twelfth to the seventeenth century in undergraduate seminars at both Berkeley and Austin College, has performed research in the archives of the Spanish military orders, and has begun working on a second project driven by questions surrounding early modern Mediterranean chivalric culture. She has written a forthcoming encyclopedia article on chivalry and the Renaissance and has published another on the Spanish poet Hernando de Acuña, who was at the same time a soldier, a translator of Burgundian chivalric romances, and poet whose sonnets praised Charles V as Caesar.

Beyond her primary areas of expertise, Prof. Terry-Roisin is also interested in comparative ideas of the “frontier” in Mediterranean, Spanish, and American history, as well as nineteenth century American attitudes towards Spain, and has co-authored an article with a scholar of American literature on these topics. She has presented and discussed her research at the Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Studies, the medieval conference at Kalamazoo, the Mediterranean Seminar, and Middle Eastern Studies.