Silvia Z. Mitchell
Silvia Z. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami in 2013 and her M.A. in History and B.A in Liberal Studies from Florida International University. She has taught a variety of courses on European, women’s, and political history at the University of Miami before coming to Purdue. Her research interests focus on the political history of early modern Spain and women from a transnational perspective. Her current book-length project investigates the diplomatic and political relations of Archduchess Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), who became queen regent of Spain during a period marked by dynastic rivalry between the Habsburgs and the Bourbons. She has authored a forthcoming article on the childhood of Mariana's son, Carlos II, the last Spanish Habsburg king.