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Silvia Z. Mitchell

Silvia Z. Mitchell

Associate Professor // History

Affiliated Faculty // Medieval and Renaissance Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // Latin American Studies // SIS

Research focus:
Early Modern Europe, Spanish Monarchy

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6129

Office hours: Spring 2023: Virtual, By appointment only


Phone: (765) 496-2715

Fax: (765) 496-1755


Undergraduate Courses

Lower division:

HIST 103—Introduction to the Medieval World (offered usually Spring and Maymester)
SCLA 10100—Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I

Upper division:

HIST 32105—Spain: The First Global Empire, 1469-1713
HIST 37001—Queens and Empresses in Early Modern Europe
HIST 41505—Gender and Politics in Early Modern Europe
HIST 395—Junior Research Seminar for Majors

Graduate Courses

HIST 610—History: Theory and Methods
HIST 601—Spain, Europe, and the World, 1492-1714
HIST 601—Entangled Histories of European Empires, 1441-1830
HIST 602—Second Year Research Seminar

Ph.D. University of Miami, 2013


Early Modern European history; early modern Spain; queenship, court, women and gender studies

I am a historian of early modern European history with a focus on the history of the Spanish Monarchy in the later seventeenth century (1665–1700) from national and international perspectives. I also study women of the royal House of Habsburg from political, cultural, and dynastic perspectives. I am fascinated by queenship as a history of female political power and the influence of royal courts on political, cultural, and diplomatic history. My goal is to place women as key agents of change in diplomatic, international, and national histories.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I completed all my academic training in the U.S., first at Florida International University and then at the University of Miami, where I received my Ph.D. I’ve been on the faculty at Purdue University since 2013. I am currently on research leave in Spain (2023-2024) in residence with the research group CINTER (Court, Image, Nobility, and Territory) at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.

Another of my defining qualities: I spend a lot of time in archives. My book Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman is the first in-depth study of the regency and exile of Queen Mariana of Austria (1665–1679), which I analyze as a distinct period within the reign of her son, Carlos II (1665–1700), who inherited the throne when he was just three years old. I highlight the active role Spain played in European international politics and Mariana’s part in reversing Spain’s financial and political difficulties during a period of uncertainty—by helping redefine the military and diplomatic blocs of Europe in Spain’s favor. The Spanish edition, Reina, madre y estadista. Mariana de Austria y el gobierno de España, has been published by the CEEH in an extended and lavishly illustrated edition.

For additional information on publications and ongoing projects, visit my website,

Graduate students interested in working with me on early modern Spanish history, should email me  expressing interest and specifying experience, potential topic of research, and language skills.