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Christopher Carlsmith

Christopher Carlsmith is a Professor of History at UMass Lowell.
Professor Christopher CarlsmithProfessor, Chair of History
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    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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    (978) 934-4277
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    Dugan Hall - 106
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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


  • 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

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (2009) - Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Study of the Italian Renaissance
  • Exceeding Expectations Faculty Award (2006), Teaching - UML Student Government Association
  • 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

Selected 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) 47-63.
  • Carlsmith, C. (2015). Venice in Boston: Wall Murals at the Ames-Webster Mansion (pp. 26-29). Historic New England
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013). A Roman Poet in the Venetian Republic: The Reception of Horace in Sixteenth-Century Bergamo. Sixteenth Century Journal, 44(4) 963 - 984.
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013). An Architect by the Bay: John H. Powers and the Firm Powers & Ahnden of San Francisco. Argonaut, 24(2) 54 - 86.
  • Carlsmith, C. (2013). Student Conflict in the 'Brevis Relatio' of the Hungarian-Illyrian College, 1675 (pp. 325-336). Leo S. Olschki
  • 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) 3-32.
  • Carlsmith, C. (2012). 'Cacciò fuori un grande bastone bianco': Conflict between the Collegio Ancarano and the Seminarians in Early Modern Bologna (pp. 191-216). Le Lettere
  • Carlsmith, C. (2012). Siam Ungari!: Honour, Nationalism, and Student Conflict in Seventeenth-Century Bologna. History of Universities, 25(2) 113 - 149.
  • Carlsmith, C. (2006). Mocking Pope and Preacher: Popular Propaganda in the Age of Reformation. Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, 31(1) 3 - 18.
  • Carlsmith, C. (2002). Struggling Towards Success: Jesuit Education in Italy, 1540Ð1600. History of Education Quarterly, 42(2) 215.

Selected 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

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Univ. of Bologna (declined) (2016), Fellowship - University of Bologna
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (2009), Fellowship - Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
    Carlsmith, C.
  • Franklin Research Grant (2007), Grant - American Philosophical Society
  • Fulbright Dissertation Grant to Italy (1996), Grant - Italian Fulbright Comission

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.