Jutta Sperling, professor of history, received her M.A. from the Universität Göttingen in 1987 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1995. Her teaching interests focus on the social and cultural history of Early Modern Europe, with a special emphasis on Renaissance Italy and the Portuguese Empire.
Her courses investigate topics such as gender and the body, mysticism and religion, the history of medicine, travel writing and colonization.
She published a book entitled Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice (University of Chicago Press, 1999), as well as articles on the history of marriage and Portuguese women's property rights in the Renaissance.
Professor Sperling will be on sabbatical leave for academic year 2013-2014.
School of Critical Social Inquiry
Recent and Upcoming Courses
CSI-0157: Nuns, Saints, & Mystics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Spring 2013)
CSI-0241: Renaissance Bodies: Sex, Art, Medicine (Spring 2013)
CSI-0158: Women's Writing, Art, and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (ca. 1100-1800) (Fall 2012)
CSI-0233: Introduction to History (Fall 2012)