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Jennifer Cavalli

Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 329
Office Hours: MW 12:15-1:30, F 9-9:45 and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.1420

Dr. Jennifer Cavalli received her PhD from Indiana University in 2011 in early modern European history with concentrations in gender history and religious studies.  She’s currently working on a book project entitled Courting Friendship: Female Networks and Friendship in a Northern Italian Court. Her most recent teaching position was at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) where she served as Faculty Fellow for the International Honors program and taught courses in history on the Renaissance, Reformation, and early modern Atlantic World. 


PhD, Indiana University

MA, Central Michigan University

BS, Central Michigan University

Research Interests

Gender and religion

Female communities and friendship

Renaissance education and intellectual history

Early modern Christianity

Courses Taught

Sex and the Body in Medieval and Early Modern History

Colloquium in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Western Civilization


“The Learned Consort: Learning, Piety, and Female Political Authority in Northern Courts,” in After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy, 1300–1600, edited by Nicholas Scott Baker and Brian Jeffrey Maxson (Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2015). 

“Fashioning Female Humanist Scholarship: Self-representation in Laura Cereta’s Letters,” in Representing Medieval Genders and Sexualities in Europe: Construction, Transformation, and Subversion, 600–1530, ed. E. L’Estrange and A. More (Ashgate, 2011).