Welcome to the new EMSI website!

The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute’s range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.

We invite you to explore our website for more information about our fellows, our programming, partnerships, and accomplishments.

Upcoming Events

Linda and Harlan Martens Economic History Forum

Empire & the Origins of Capitalism

EMSI Distinguished Lecturer, 2024

Ada Ferrer, New York University

Early Modern map depicting a ship surrounded by compasses.

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Land Acknowledgement
The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) exists on the ancestral lands of the Gabrielino-Tongva and Kizh Nation peoples who continue to call this region home. EMSI respectfully acknowledges these Indigenous peoples as the traditional caretakers of this landscape, as the direct descendants of the first people. EMSI recognizes their continued presence and is grateful to have the opportunity to work and learn on this land.