About

I am a historian of the early modern Spanish world and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) with the Early Modern Conversions project at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

I earned my PhD in History (2016) at the University of Toronto. My doctoral thesis, “The Morisco Problem and the politics of belonging in sixteenth-century Valladolid” was supervised by Dr. Mark Meyerson with committee members Dr. E. Natalie Rothman and Dr. Kenneth Mills. I have an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in History and English from the University of New Brunswick. 

My research interests include religious conversion and colonial encounters in the early modern Spanish world. I study of ideas of difference and belonging in early modern Castile through an analysis of the transformations in political, juridical, and communal identities that formed part of the processes of religious conversion. Building on this work, my postdoctoral research investigates concepts of purity, race, and nation in reference to the forcibly converted Moriscos in the early modern Spanish Empire.

I also love fast music and strong coffee. You can find me among friends on TwitterZoteroHumanities Commons, and Women Also Know History.

E-mail: stephanie.cavanaugh[at]mcgill.ca

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