History Department


Faculty: Amanda Wunder


Academic Interests: Early Modern Europe, especially Spain

Research: My scholarship investigates the cultural history of early modern Spain in the fields of art history, urban history, religion, and material culture. I focus on the imperial period from 1492 to 1700, and my major research projects explore the transformations of Spanish society and culture, especially material and artistic culture, alongside the rise and fall of Spain’s international empire. I am especially interested in the ways that Spanish people interpreted the impact of the imperial project on their own society and in their reactions to the cultural and social changes that they witnessed in their cities, gender relations, and social hierarchies.

Awards and Fellowships:

•Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship, 2005-06

• Best Dissertation in Iberian History, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical
Studies, 2002-2004

• American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant, 2003

• Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2002-03

• J. William Fulbright Student Award, Spain, 1999-2000.


  • "Spanish Dress,” in Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque, ed. Kenneth Mills and Evonne Levy (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013), pp. 107-10.
  • Review of A King's Travels: Festive traditions in late medieval and early modern Spain, by T. F. Ruiz. Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, 37 (2012), 192-194.
  • Review of Materia crítica: Formas de ocio y de consumo en la cultura áurea, ed. by Enrique García Santo-Tomás, in Caliope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Baroque Hispanic Poetry 17, no. 1 (2011): 242-46.
  • "Veiled Ladies of the Early Modern Spanish World: Seduction and Scandal in Seville, Madrid, and Lima," with Laura R. Bass, The Hispanic Review (Winter 2009): 97-146.
  • "Classical, Christian, and Muslim Remains in Imperial Seville (1520-1635)," Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2003): 195-212.
  • "Western Travelers, Eastern Antiquities, and the Image of the Turk in Early Modern Europe," The Journal of Early Modern History 7 (2003): 89-119.
  • "Murillo and the Canonisation Case of San Fernando, 1649-52," The Burlington Magazine 143 (2001): 670-75.

Work in progress

Worldly Glory: Artists, Aristocrats, and the Creation of Golden-Age Seville (completed book manuscript)

• “The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Farthingale: The Guardainfante and the Politics of Feminine Fashion in Baroque Spain” (journal article in progress)

The Spanish Style: The Politics of Extreme Fashion in an Age of Empire, 1492-1700 (new book project)



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