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Christopher Carlsmith

Christopher Carlsmith is a Professor of History at UMass Lowell.
Professor Christopher CarlsmithProfessor, Chair of History

Research Interests

Early Modern Europe; Renaissance Italy; History of Education; History of Childhood; Renaissance Revival

Early Modern European History, 1400-1650; Italian Renaissance History and Art; History of Education, esp. History of Italian Universities; History of Childhood, 1200-1700; Renaissance Revival in America, 1850-1920

Education

  • Ph D: History, (1999), University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • MA: History, (1995), University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • BA: History, (1986), Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for Learning Communities program (2010) - UML Office of the Provost
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (2009) - Harvard University Center for Study of the Italian Renaissance
  • Exceeding Expectations Faculty Award (2006), Teaching - UML Student Government Association
  • Selected for General Education Pilot Program (declined) (2006) - UML Office of the Provost
  • Faculty Award (2005), Teaching - UML Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Mentor of the Year (2005), Teaching - UML Honors Program
  • Exceeding Expectations Faculty Award (2004), Teaching - UML Student Government Association
  • Teaching Award (2003), Teaching - UML History Department
  • Italian Fulbright Scholar (1996) - Fulbright Program

Publications

  • Carlsmith, C. (2017) "Locations for Children: Schools and Orphanages in Bergamo and Bologna in the 16th and 17th Centuries," Journal of Theories of Research and Education 12:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2016) "Collegiate Conflict: Two Brawls in Bologna between the Collegio Di Spagna and the Collegio Montalto, 1672-73," Annali di storia delle universita italiane 20:1 pp. 47-63
  • Carlsmith, C. (2016) "Review of Punishment and Penance: Two Phases in the History of the Bishop’s Tribunal of Novara," The Catholic Historical Review 102:1 pp. 169
  • Carlsmith, C. (2015) "Review of Punishment and Penance: Two Phases in the History of the Bishop’s Tribunal of Novara," Church History 84:2 pp. 434-435
  • Carlsmith, C. (2015) "Review of Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern University," Journal of Early Modern History 19:2 pp. 261
  • Carlsmith, C. (2015) "Venice in Boston: Wall Murals at the Ames-Webster Mansion," Historic New England pp. 26-29
  • Carlsmith, C. (2014) "Review of 'Le smanie per l’educazione: Gli scolopi a Venezia tra Sei e Settecento'," Catholic Historical Review 100:2 pp. 366 - 367
  • Carlsmith, C. (2014) "Review of 'Master-Servant Childhood: A History of the Idea of Childhood in Medieval English Culture'," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 51:8 pp. 1478 - 1479
  • Carlsmith, C. (2014) "Review of 'Schools and Schooling in Late Medieval Germany: Regensburg, 1250-1500'," Renaissance Studies 28:3 pp. 487 - 488
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013) "A Roman Poet in the Venetian Republic: The Reception of Horace in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo.," Sixteenth Century Journal 44:4 pp. 963 - 984
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013) "An Architect by the Bay: John H. Powers and the Firm Powers & Ahnden of San Francisco.," Argonaut 24:2 pp. 54 - 86
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013) "Review of 'The Italian Renaissance State'," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50:5 pp. 954
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013) "Student Conflict in the 'Brevis Relatio' of the Hungarian-Illyrian College, 1675," Leo S. Olschki pp. 325-336
  • Carlsmith, C., Fouroughi, L. (2013) "'To Live Piously and to Help the Needy Poor': The Consortium of S. Alessandro in Colonna, in Bergamo," Confraternitas 24:2 pp. 3-32
  • Carlsmith, C. (2012) "'Cacciò fuori un grande bastone bianco': Conflict between the Collegio Ancarano and the Seminarians in Early Modern Bologna," Le Lettere pp. 191-216
  • Carlsmith, C. (2012) "Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood.," Renaissance Quarterly 65:3 pp. 943 - 944
  • Carlsmith, C. (2012) "Siam Ungari!: Honour, Nationalism, and Student Conflict in Seventeenth-Century Bologna.," History of Universities 25:2 pp. 113 - 149
  • Carlsmith, C. (2011) "Humanism for Sale: Making and Marketing Schoolbooks in Italy, 1450-1650," Renaissance Quarterly 64:1 pp. 79-80
  • Carlsmith, C. (2010) "The University of Mantua, the Gonzaga & the Jesuits, 1584-1630.," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 47:5 pp. 970
  • Carlsmith, C. (2010) "Culture and Power: Tuscany and Its Universities 1537-1609," Renaissance Quarterly 63:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2009) "Teachers and Schools in Siena, 1357Ð1500 - by Peter Denley.," Renaissance Studies 23:3 pp. 396 - 398
  • Carlsmith, C. (2008) "Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy: The Hospital of Treviso, 1400-1530.," Church History 77:2 pp. 454 - 455
  • Carlsmith, C. (2008) "Jesuit Writings of the Early Modern Period, 1540-1640," Theological Studies 69:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2008) "Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self, and Society in the Italian Renaissance," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 45:5 pp. 891
  • Carlsmith, C. (2008) "Rawdon Brown and the Anglo-Venetian relationship," Journal of Modern Italian Studies 13:2
  • Carlsmith, C. (2008) "The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies: Essays in Honour of Paul F. Grendler," Renaissance Quarterly 61:4
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "A history of Florence, 1200-1575.," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 45:1 pp. 169
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "Agents of Empire: Spanish Ambassadors in Sixteenth-Century Italy," Sixteenth Century Journal 38:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "Early Modern Confraternities in Europe and the Americas: International and Interdisciplinary Perspective.," Church History 76:3 pp. 652 - 664
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "Popular Government and Oligarchy in Renaissance Italy," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 44:11 pp. 1977
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "Renaissance Florence: a Social History," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 44:7 pp. 1234
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "The European Renaissance in American life," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 44:6 pp. 1041
  • Carlsmith, C. (2007) "Working in the Vineyard of the Lord: Jesuit Confraternities in Early Modern Italy," Sixteenth Century Journal 38:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance: Orphan Care in Florence and Bologna," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 44:4 pp. 710
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "Home and Homelessness in the Medieval and Renaissance World," Sixteenth Century Journal 37:2
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "Love and Death in Renaissance Italy," Sixteenth Century Journal 37:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "Mocking Pope and Preacher: Popular Propaganda in the Age of Reformation," Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 31:1 pp. 3 - 18
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors," Sixteenth Century Journal 37:2
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "The European Renaissance in American Life," H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences pp. 1 - 3
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006) "Women’s Roles in the Renaissance," Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 43:5 pp. 922
  • Carlsmith, C. (2005) "A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe," Sixteenth Century Journal 36:3
  • Carlsmith, C. (2005) "The Calabrian Charlatan, 1598-1603: Messianic Nationalism in Early Modern Europe," Sixteenth Century Journal 36:1
  • Carlsmith, C. (2004) "Europe in a Wider World: 1350-1650," Sixteenth Century Journal 35:2
  • Carlsmith, C. (2003) "L’educazione dei figli nella regola di Giovanni Dominici (1655/56-1419) (Book).," Renaissance Quarterly 56:4 pp. 1176 - 1177
  • Carlsmith, C. (2003) "The Education of Children in the Rule of Giovanni Dominici (1355/56-1419)," Renaissance Quarterly 56:4
  • Carlsmith, C. (2002) "Naples in the Eighteenth Century: The Birth and Death of a Nation State," Quaderni D Italianistica 23:2
  • Carlsmith, C. (2002) "Struggling Towards Success: Jesuit Education in Italy, 1540Ð1600.," History of Education Quarterly 42:2 pp. 215
  • Carlsmith, C. (2002) "Universities and Schooling in Medieval Society/Parisian Scholars in the Early Fourteenth Century (Book).," History of Education Quarterly 42:3 pp. 414
  • Carlsmith, C. (2002) "Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State, 1297-1797," Sixteenth Century Journal 33:2
  • Carlsmith, C. (2001) "The Captain's Concubine: Love, Honor, and Violence in Renaissance Tuscany," Sixteenth Century Journal 32:4

Presentations

  • "Learning Abroad: International Student Colleges in Italy, 1500-1700" - Kennedy Center for International Studies, March 2017
  • "From Near and Far: Student Colleges in Early Modern Rome" - Renaissance Society of America (RSA), annual meeting, March 2017 - Chicago, IL
  • "Student Colleges in Italy" - Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS), Stanford University, February 2017
  • "Diamond Jubilee: 75 Years of the New England Renaissance Conference" - Renaissance Society of America (RSA), annual meeting, April 2016 - Boston, MA
  • "A Street Brawl in Bologna: The Spanish College and the Montalto College, 1672-73" - Renaissance Society of America (RSA), annual meeting, March 2015 - Berlin, Germany
  • "An Architect by the Bay: John H Powers of San Francisco" - San Francisco Architectural Heritage Society, January 2014 - San Francisco, CA
  • "A Catholic Schoolmaster in Sixteenth-Century Italy", June 2013
  • "A Venetian Doge in a Yankee Court: Wall Murals at the Ames-Webster House in Boston" - Renaissance Society of America (RSA), annual meeting, April 2013 - San Diego, CA
  • Saving Venice - Boston International Fine Art Show, 2012 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Reception of Horace in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo. - New England Renaissance Conference, 2012 - Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Venetian Ceilings in American Homes, 2012 - Boston, MA
  • Tales of Woe and Joy: Student Health in the Hungarian-Illyrian College of Bologna, 1550-1750. - New College Medieval-Renaissance Conference (FL), March 2012 - Sarasota, FL
  • "Colleges in Late Renaissance Bologna" - Bologna at the Crossroads: Recent Anglo-American Scholarship, 2011 - Bologna, Italy
  • Tridentine Influence in Bolognese Colleges. - Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, 2011 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Collegiate Conflict: The Spanish College and the Montalto College in Bologna, 1672-1673. - Society for Italian Historical Studies / American Historical Association Annual Meeting, 2011 - Boston, MA
  • "Orazio a Bergamo / Horace in Bergamo" - Giornata di Studio in honor of Giulio Orazio Bravi, April 2011 - Bergamo, Italy
  • Orphans in Early Modern Italy. - Conference on Childhood and Emotion in Transcultural Perspective, 1300-1800, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Who Shall Pay for School? Collegiate Finances in Bologna, 1550-1750. - History of Education Society (USA) Annual Conference, 2010 - Cambridge, MA
  • La Misericordia Maggiore e la Scuola nel Cinquecento, 2010 - Fondazione Pia Misericordia di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
  • La scoula a Bergamo Presentazione del libro, 2010 - Biblioteca Civica 'Angelo Mai', Bergamo, Italy
  • Nicol? Cologno: Maestro di Scuola a Bergamo, 2010 - Ateneo di Scienze, Lettere, ed Arti, Bergamo, Italy
  • Schooling in Bergamo and in the Venetian Republic: a comparison. - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 2010 - Venice, Italy
  • Risky Business: Misbehavior among Early Modern College Students in Bologna., 2009 - Berkeley, CA
  • I Gesuiti a Bergamo nel periodo Early Modern. - Seminario del Archivio Storico Bergamasco, 2009 - Biblioteca Civica ÔAngelo MaiÕ, Bergamo, Italy
  • Feeding Body and Soul: The Collegio Montalto of Bologna, 1585-1700. - Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 2009 - Geneva, Switzerland
  • Reading and Writing: Schools of Christian Doctrine in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo - Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, 2009 - Linkoping, Sweden
  • Collegiate Conflict in Early Modern Bologna - Villa I Tatti Shoptalk, 2009 - Florence, Italy
  • Medieval-Renaissance Conference - Medieval-Renaissance Conference, 2008 - Sarasota, FL
  • A Peripatetic Pedagogue: Giovanni Battista Pio in Bergamo and Bologna. - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 2006 - San Francisco, California
  • The Venetian Soffitto (ceiling) of Morgan Manor, California. - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 2003 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Venice, Jews, and the Inquisition: The Historical Context of 'Secret Passage', 2003 - Boston, MA
  • "Dr. Chips: Prep Schools and the Ph.D." - American Historical Association Annual Conference, 2001 - Boston, MA
  • I vescovi e le scuole a Bergamo nel 500 Bishops and Schools in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo - International conference on Italian religious history, 2001 - Siena, Italy
  • "Two Master Teachers in the Sixteenth-Century Venetian Republic." - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 2001 - Chicago, IL
  • A Schoolmaster's Library in Sixteenth-Century Italy - Working Texts: The Material Culture of the Book in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 2001 - Stanford, CA
  • "Le istituzioni scolastiche a Bergamo tra Cinquecento e Seicento" Schools in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Bergamo, 2000 - Bergamo, Italy
  • "Trouble in the Classroom: Education and Discipline in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo." - Conference on Premodern Teenagers, 2000 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • "Who Shall Teach the Children?: Jesuits, Somaschans, and Civic Education in Bergamo, 1570-1640." - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, 2000 - Florence, Italy
  • "Teachers and Texts in the Tridentine Terrafirma: The Case of Bergamo, 1540-1590." - Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 1999 - St. Louis, Missouri
  • "In Support of Schools: Cooperation and Conflict in Early Modern Bergamo." - International Conference on Institutional Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1998 - London, UK
  • "Schools of Christian Doctrine in Bergamo, 1554 - ca.1620." - Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 1998 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • "Struggling Toward Success: Jesuit Education in Italy, 1545-1600." - Medieval Studies Conference, 1996 - Kalamazoo, MI

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Visiting Scholar (History Dept) (2016), Fellowship - Stanford University
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Faculty Sabbatical (2016), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Univ. of Bologna (declined) (2016), Fellowship - University of Bologna
    Carlsmith, C.
  • UML Echo360 Lecture Program (2011), -
    Carlsmith, C. (Principal)
  • Service Leaning Mini-Grant (2013), - UML Office of Community Engagement for Fall 2013
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Translation Grant (2011), Grant - UMass Lowell College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (2009), Fellowship - Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar (Alternate) (2009), Sponsored Research - Italian Fulbright Commission
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Faculty Sabbatical (2008), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Faculty Sabbatical (2008), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Visiting Scholar (2008), Sponsored Research - Hoover Institute at Stanford University
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Franklin Research Grant (2007), Grant - American Philosophical Society
  • Independent Research Grant (2006), Grant - Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • RSA Younger Scholar Research Grant (2006), Grant - Renaissance Society of America
  • Faculty Research Matching Grant (2005), Grant - UML Office of Research Administration
  • Seed Grant for course on ïColonial L. AmericaÍ (2003), - UML Council on Diversity and Pluralism
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Healy Faculty Research Grant (2002), Grant - UML Provost
  • Vincent J. Mastrocco Research Travel Grant (1999), Grant - University of Virginia
  • Alfred D. Whitehead Dissertation Fellowship (1998), Fellowship - University of Virginia
  • Alfred D. Whitehead Dissertation Fellowship (1998), Fellowship - University of Virginia
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Fulbright Dissertation Grant to Italy (1996), Grant - Italian Fulbright Comission
  • Dumas Malone Fellowship for Dissertation Research (1996), Sponsored Research - University of Virginia
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Graduate Arts and Sciences Summer Language Fellowship (1994), Fellowship - University of Virginia
  • DuPont Fellowship for Graduate Study (1994), Fellowship - University of Virginia
    Carlsmith, C.

Research Currently in Progress

  • "Save Venice, Inc: A History, 1966-2016"
    Carlsmith, C.
  • "Student Violence in Early Modern Bologna"

    Intended for a collection of essays on Violence and Crime in Bologna, ed. Sarah R. Blanshei (Lexington Press, 2018).
    Carlsmith, C.

  • "The Sneddens at Stanford, 1894-1934"

    Intended for Sandstone & Tile (Stanford CA: Stanford Historical Society, 2018). 11,000 words.
    Carlsmith, C.

  • “The Three R’s: Reading, Rioni, and the Ratio Studiorum: Education in Early Modern Rome”

    Intended for A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692, ed. Pamela M. Jones, Barbara Wisch, and Simon Ditchfield (Leiden: Brill, late 2017). 6,000 words.
    Carlsmith, C.