Dr Erin Maglaque

D.Phil. (Oxford)

Department of History

Lecturer in Early Modern European History

+44 114 222 2615

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Dr Erin Maglaque
Department of History
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I completed my D.Phil at Oxford in 2015, before spending three further years in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College. I then spent a year as a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, before joining the Department in 2018.

I am a historian of early modern Europe, particularly the cultural history of early modern Italy. My first book, Venice’s Intimate Empire: Family Life and Scholarship in the Renaissance Mediterranean was published by Cornell University Press in 2018.

Research interests

I am a cultural historian of Italy in the early modern period. My research contains two strands: first, Italy's transnational connections across the Mediterranean; and secondly, the relationship between gender, family, and political culture in the early modern period.

My first book, Venice’s Intimate Empire: Family Life and Scholarship in the Renaissance Mediterranean (Cornell University Press in 2018) focuses on the early modern Venetian empire, which extended from the Venetian lagoon to Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. The book draws on private writings, humanist geographies, letters, and the extensive Venetian archives to piece together the ways in which Venetian governing families experienced and negotiated Venice’s Mediterranean empire. It is particularly interested in integrating gender and family history into our understanding of the political culture of empire.

I am embarking on new research that unites these interests in gender and the family into the history of Italy's multi-ethnic, multi-confessional early modern past.



  • Maglaque E (2018) Venice's intimate empire: Family life and scholarship in the renaissance mediterranean. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Book reviews

Research group

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise students interested in any aspect of early modern European history, in particular those with interests in Italy or the Mediterranean world, empire, political culture, or gender.

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Teaching activities


  • HST112 - Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
  • HST115 - The ‘Disenchantment’ of Early Modern Europe
  • HST246 - Gender, Culture and Society in Britain 1650-1850
  • HST2517 - Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • HST3000 - The Uses of History
Public engagement

I co-curated the 2015 exhibition ‘Boomtown: Silver and Science, Riches and Radicalism in Renaissance Bohemia’ at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.