Department ofHistory

Ashley Smouse

Ashley Smouse

Department of History Graduate Student

205/207 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802


M.A., Early Modern History, The College of William and Mary
B.A., History, Weber State University


I am a graduate student of History in the Early Modern Global program. I am a cultural historian who specializes in the Spanish Empire and religious women in the Early Modern Era. I am interested in how nuns and convents exercised spiritual agency and maintained ties outside of cloistered communities while navigating religious hierarchies in different regions of the Spanish Empire. I also study how nuns and convents exercised corporate agency and financial autonomy through litigation.

Research Interests

The Spanish Empire, Women and Gender Studies, Latin America, Religious History, Colonial Legal History


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