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Carina Johnson, PhD
Professor of History

With Pitzer Since: 2002
Field Group: History
Campus Address: Bernard 221
Phone: 909.607.3696
Campus Email:


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, History, December 2000
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley, History, December 1992
  • B.A. Yale College, summa cum laude, Archeological Studies and History, May 1989

Research Interests:

Professor Johnson's research is closely related to the courses that she offers. Her current research focuses on cross-cultural encounters, proto-ethnography, memory, and the experience of violence in the sixteenth-century Habsburg Empire. She is also interested in questions of material and visual culture, religious and cultural identities, and theorizing colonialism in the early modern era. This work has been supported by grants from the John Carter Brown Library (NEH Fellowship), the Huntington Library (Barbara S. Thom Fellowship), the Graves Foundation (ACLS Award for Outstanding Teaching), the Fulbright Program (Austria), and the Woodrow Wilson Institute (Postdoctoral Humanities Fellowship at Northwestern University).

Recent Courses:

  • The World Since 1492 (HIST/ANTH11) with Professors O‚ÄôRourke and Segal
  • Travel and Encounter, 1200-1800 (HIST64)
  • The Sixteenth-Century Problem with Profit (HIST73)
  • Holiness, Heresy, and the Body (HIST74), cross-listed with GFS
  • Medieval Thought (HIST/PHIL119) with Professor Keeley
  • Empire and Sexuality: Gender, Nations, British and French Colonialism (HIST134), cross-listed with GFS, IDAAS
  • Hybrid Identities: Spain, Spanish America, and the Philippines (HIST170), cross-listed with RLST
  • Religion, Violence, and Tolerance, 1450-1650 (HIST173), cross-listed with RLST
  • Magic, Heresy, and Gender in the Transatlantic World, 1400-1700 (HIST175), cross-listed with GFS, IIS, RLST\
  • Women and Gender in Europe, 1300-1650 (HIST178), cross-listed with GFS
  • The Seminar in History (HIST197)


  • Cultural Hierarchy in Sixteenth-Century Europe: the Ottomans and Aztecs. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • “Aztec Regalia and the Reformation of Display,” in Daniela Bleichmar and Peter C. Mancall, eds.,Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
  • “Stone Gods and Counter-Reformation Knowledges,” in Pamela H. Smith and Benjamin Schmidt, eds. Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe : Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2008.
  • “Some Peculiarities of Empire in the Early Modern Era,” in Politics and Reformations: Communities, Polities, Nations, and Empires: Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Brady, Jr. Boston: Brill, 2007.
  • “Idolatrous Cultures and the Practice of Religion,” The Journal of the History of Ideas, vol.67, no.4 (2006).