Peter Mancall, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute
Amy Braden, Associate Director, Early Modern Studies Institute

EMSI 20th Anniversary Conference


Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14, 2023

Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Ahmanson Classroom

Our community of early modern scholars in the Los Angeles area is uniquely enriched by the EMSI Mellon postdoctoral scholars. This 20th Anniversary Conference of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute will celebrate their scholarship, partnerships, and contributions to early modern studies. Below is the list of the former postdoctoral scholars who are able to travel to present their current research projects in October 2023.  We look forward to seeing our colleagues and friends from across the nation at this special event.


View the conference program for the full schedule.



“Remaking the Aztecs in Print: Early Modern Versions of the Codex Mendoza”


“The Opportunities of War: Captivity and Freedom in the Early 18th Century”


“Inventing Inventories, Picturing Pictures: Daniel Fröschl and the Imperial Kunstkammer of Rudolf II”

Sophia Blea Nuñez, Whitman College


“Touching cuerpos de libros


“Crosscurrents: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Indian Ocean Slave Trade, and the East India Company”


“Drawing Lines and Making Claims: Pilots’ reports, cosmographers’ meetings, and the politics of cartography in the Spanish Empire”


“Inventing the Written Constitution”


“The Stamp Act and the Transatlantic Political Origins of the Revolution”


“Murder at the Mission: Greed, Gold, and the Birth of California”