Hunt, John M
Assistant Professor of History
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Teaching Interests: Renaissance Italy, Early Modern Europe and the World, Mediterranean Cultures 

Research Interests:  Popular Culture, Sociability, Violence, Games and Gambling, Urban Spaces 

Current Project:  Gaming and Sociability in Early Modern Italy

Education:  Early Modern Italian and Mediterranean History, Ohio State University (Ph.D., 2009)

Courses Taught Fall 2019:

HIST 4180 The Italian Renaissance 

HIST 4980 Senior Thesis

Regularly Taught Courses:

Europe, 1300-1600

The Italian Renaissance

The Mediterranean World, 1500-1800

Historian's Craft

Select Honors and Grants:

2019 Heckman Fellowship at the Hill Museum and Mansucript Library, Saint John's University 

2018 Delmas Fellowship for Research in Venice 

2016-2017 I Tatti Fellowship in Florence, Harvard University

2015 I Tatti Prize for Best Essay by a Junior Scholar

2015 Short-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library

2015 Charles Montgomery Gray Fellowship at the Newberry Library

2015 Eadington Fellowship, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research

2005-2006 Fulbright Fellowship to Italy

Select Publications:    

The Vacant See in Early Modern Rome: A Social History of the Papal Interregnum (Leiden: 2016).

"Betting on the Papal Election in Sixteenth-Century Rome," Occasional Papal Series 32. Las Vegas, Center for Gaming Research, University Libraries, 2015.

"The Pope's Two Souls and the Space of Ritual Protest during Rome's Sede Vacante," in The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World, ed. Jennifer DeSilva (Burlington, VT: 2015).

“Rumors, Newsletters and the Pope’s Death in Early Modern Rome,” in News in Early Modern Europe: Currents and Connections, eds. Simon Davies and Katharine Fletcher (Leiden: 2014).  

“Carriages, Violence and Masculinity in Early Modern Rome,”—I Tatti: Studies in the Italian Renaissance 17 (2014).

 “‘The Conclave from the ‘Outside In’: Rumor, Disorder, and Speculation in Rome during Early Modern Papal Elections,”— Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012).  

 “The End of the Mediterranean’s Dominance, 1571-1669,” in Events that Formed the Modern World; From the European Renaissance to the War on Terror, eds. John Findling and Frank Thackeray (Santa Barbara: ABC/Clio, 2012).