Jutta Sperling, Dean of the School of Critical Social Inquiry and 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 Visual Culture, Body History, Catholicism, and Comparative Legal Studies of the Mediterranean.
Her most recent research centers on lactation imagery in Renaissance and Baroque art. She published a book entitled Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice (University of Chicago Press, 1999), two edited volumes entitled Across the Religious Divide: Women, Property, and Law in the Wider Mediterranean, with Shona Kelly Wray (Routledge, 2009) and Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices (Ashgate, 2013), as well as articles on allegories of Charity, queer lactation imagery, the history of marriage and Portuguese women's property rights in the Renaissance.
Sperling, Jutta. 2011. "Las Casas and His Amerindian Nurse: Tropes of Lactation in the French Colonial Imaginary (c.1770–1815)." Gender & History. 23 (1): 47-71.