Silvia Z. Mitchell

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. University of Miami

Department Information

History // Faculty
Womens Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty
Medieval Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty
Latin American Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty

Office Information

  • Courses

  • Undergraduate Courses

    HIST 103—Introduction to the Medieval World
    HIST 315—Spain: The First Global Empire, 1469-1714
    HIST 370—Queen and Empresses in Early Modern Europe
    HIST 415—Gender and Politics in Early Modern Europe (available as an Honors course)

    Junior Research Seminars offered in the past:

    HIST 395—Women’s Voices in Early Modern Europe
    HIST 395—Gender and Politics in Early Modern Europe

    Graduate Course

    HIST 601—Spain, Europe, and the World, 1492-1714
    Court Societies and Cultures in Early Modern Europe 

  • Specialization

  • Early Modern European History with an Emphasis on Spain and the Spanish Atlantic World, Early Modern Women & Gender History, Early Modern European Political and Diplomatic History, Queenship Studies, Court Studies

  • Dr. Mitchell received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2013, where she was a McKnight doctoral fellow (2006-2011) and graduate lecturer (2012-2013). Her current book-length project based on her dissertation research, investigates the regency of Queen Mariana of Austria (1634-1696) from courtly, international, and gendered perspectives. Her publications on the topics of queenship, royal childhood, and women and diplomacy include, “Habsburg Motherhood: The Power of Queen Mariana of Austria, Mother and Regent of Carlos II of Spain” (Ashgate 2013); “Growing Up Carlos II: Political Childhood in the Court of the Spanish Habsburgs” (Ashgate 2014); and “Marriage Plots: Marriage Diplomacy, Royal Women, and International Politics at the Spanish, French, and Imperial Courts, 1665-1679” (Routledge 2015). She has presented widely at national and international conferences and workshops.

    List of Publications and Presentations

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