Stephanie M. Cavanaugh

I am the Sir John Elliott Junior Research Fellow in Spanish History (1400-1900) at Exeter College, University of Oxford. I research and write about histories of conversion, identity making, and categories of religious, social, and ethnic difference in in early modern Spain.

I earned my PhD from the Department of History at the University of Toronto in 2016. I have an MA in History from the University of Toronto and a BA in History and English from the University of New Brunswick (in my hometown of Fredericton).

My research interests include religious conversion and colonial encounters in the early modern Spanish world. My doctoral thesis, “The Morisco Problem and the politics of belonging in sixteenth-century Valladolid,” is a study of ideas of difference and belonging in early modern Castile through an analysis of the transformations in political, juridical, and communal identities that formed part of the processes of religious conversion. My current book project, "Moriscos, Legal Action, and the Politics of Conversion in Early Modern Spain," is based on this research.





University of Oxford


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