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Frank Lacopo

Frank Lacopo
205 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays 12:00-1:00, Wednesdays 5:00-6:00,
  • and by appointment:

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. Candidate 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 with the interactions between cultures and religions in late medieval and early modern world. My dissertation project inquires into the ways in which religious conversion and the Church's management of confessional outsiders functioned in the social history of the sixteenth-century papal states, and particularly within the urban contexts of Rome, Ancona, and Bologna. A subsidiary area of my research looks into Catholic missionaries' interactions with indigenous Americans, and how Mediterranean and transatlantic experiences informed each other. My previous research and publications have dealt with subjects ranging from the relationship between the Jewish minority and Christians 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 religious conversion in Counter-Reformation Rome.

I am teaching History 01: Western Heritage I in the Spring of 2021.


“Centers and Peripheries of Religious Conversion in the Papal States, 1543-1600”

Dissertation Chair(s):

Ronnie Hsia

Research Interests:

Early Modern Global, Italy in the Mediterranean, Latin America