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Francesco Lacopo

Francesco Lacopo
205 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:30

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. Student in History, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.A., History, Ball State University, 2018
  3. B.A. summa cum laude, History, Ball State University, 2016


My research deals principally with the interactions between cultures and religions in late medieval and early modern Europe. In particular, I inquire into the ways in which religious conversion acted as a vehicle of xenophobia and toleration across cultural boundaries, particularly within the context of sixteenth-century Rome and other Italian cities. More generally, I am interested in the constructed divide between the medieval and early modern periods. I argue that perceptions of encounter with outsider groups in the European sphere are best understood with deep awareness of both medieval and early modern history. My previous research has dealt with subjects ranging from the relationship between the Jewish minority and Christian majority in medieval England, the ways in which Cistercian monasteries in Wales functioned as colonial outposts for the enforcement of reformed Latin Christianity in high medieval Wales, and Jesuit institutions of conversion.