Silvia Z. Mitchell

Assistant Professor // History

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // Medieval Studies

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

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // Latin American Studies

Office and Contact

Room: UNIV 308

Office hours: Fall 2019: 1:00-2:00, W 5:00-6:00, and by appointment


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

Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on the history of the Spanish Monarchy in the later seventeenth century, a period that is now at the forefront of the revisionist histories of early modern Spain under the Habsburgs. Grounded on substantial archival research, Mitchell’s work highlights the active role Spain played in international politics despite the financial difficulties and the dynastic crisis that cast a shadow on the period. Mitchell is equally committed to bringing women to the fore of this revisionist history of the Spanish monarchy. Her monograph, Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain (forthcoming Penn State University, 2019), is the first study of the regency of Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), during her Son, Carlos II’s minority. It identifies Mariana’s political, diplomatic, and military strategies that reversed one of the most difficult junctures in the Spanish global monarchy. Establishing Mariana’s role in European international politics, Mitchell’s monograph reveals the authority she wielded as a Spanish Habsburg queen and mother, even during her exile from court.

Mitchell is the guest editor of and contributor to the special journal issue, “The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II” published in the latest issue of The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies vol. 23, no. 2 (December 2018).


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