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Department of History
Burkhardt Building (BB), room 200
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Teaching and Research Specialties
Italy & the Papal Court
The political, cultural, and social history of the Renaissance and Reformation
Jennifer DeSilva’s research focuses on issues of authority, reform, and identity building in early modern Europe. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she taught at Eastern Connecticut State University before joining the faculty of Ball State University. Her current research further explores issues first investigated in her doctoral dissertation entitled Ritual Negotiations: Paris de’ Grassi and the Office of Ceremonies under Pope Julius II and Leo X, 1504-1521 (2007).
Her publications include:
“Official and Unofficial Diplomacy between Rome and Bologna: the de’ Grassi Family under Pope Julius II, 1503-1513,” The Journal of Early Modern History 14/6 (2010): 535-558.
“Senators or Courtiers: Negotiating Models for the College of Cardinals under Julius II and Leo X,” Renaissance Studies 22/2 (2008): 154-173.
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