Hunt, John M
Assistant Professor of History
CB 303P
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Teaching Interests: Renaissance Italy, Early Modern Europe, the Mediterranean, Medieval Europe

Research Interests:  Popular Culture, Sociability, Violence, Games and Gambling, Ritual

Current Project:  Gaming and Sociability in Early Modern Italy

Education:  Early Modern Italian and European History, Ohio State University (Ph.D., 2009), Medieval and Renaissance History, University of Cincinnati (M.A., 2000), History, Indiana University Southeast (B.A., 1998)

Select Honors and Grants:

2016 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

2013 Folger Institute Faculty Seminar, "The Orality/Literacy Heuristic."

2011 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute at the American Academy in Rome, "Art, History and Culture in Rome, 1527-1798."

2011 Younger Scholar Grant, Renaissance Society of America

2010  National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library, "Ritual and Ceremony from Late Medieval Europe to Early America."

2005 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).  

“The Consumption of Violence: Carriage Culture in Early Modern Rome, ca. 1550- 1650,” in Early Modern Rome, 1341-1667: Proceedings of a Conference held in Rome, May 13-15, 2010, ed. Portia Prebys (Ferrara: SATE, 2011).   

 “The Ceremonies of the Conclave and Print Culture in Baroque Rome.”—web-article for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s teaching site, “Ritual and Ceremony from Late Medieval Europe to Early America,” 2011: