History Department

Jennifer DeSilva

Associate Professor

BB 231   Phone: 765-285-8711  

Department of History
Burkhardt Building (BB), room 200
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Teaching and Research Specialties:

  • Europe 1300-1700
  • Italy & the Papal Court
  • The political, cultural, and social history of the Renaissance and Reformation

Description of Current Research:

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 in 2010. 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). She has published on the interactions between clerical and lay populations, visions of ecclesiastical reform, and the use of sacred space in communities.

Recent Publications include:

  • “Ecclesiastical Dynasticism in Early Modern Bologna: the Canonical Chapters of San Pietro and San Petronio,” Bologna – Cultural Crossroads from the Medieval to the Baroque: Recent Anglo-American Scholarship, eds. Gian Mario Anselmi, Angela De Benedictis, and Nicholas Terpstra (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2013), 173-91.
  • “Pluralism, Liturgy and the Paradoxes of Reform: a Reforming Pluralist in early sixteenth-century Rome,” Sixteenth Century Journal 43 (2012): 1061-78
  • “The Transformation of the Pope: The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and The Agony and The Ecstasy (1965),” The Journal of Religion and Film 16/2 (2012) Article 8 online
  • “‘Personal’ Rituals: The Office of Ceremonies and Papal Weddings, 1483-1521,” Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond, ed. Jacqueline Murray (Toronto: Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, 2012), 47-71.
  • “Appropriating Sacred Space: Private Chapel Patronage and Institutional Identity in Sixteenth-century Rome – the Case of the Office of Ceremonies," The Catholic Historical Review 97 (2011): 653-78.
  • “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 (2010): 535-57.
  • “Senators or courtiers: negotiating models for the College of Cardinals under Julius II & Leo X” Renaissance Studies 22 (2008): 154-73

Related Links:
Personal Website