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Katherine Godfrey

Katherine Godfrey

108 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802


MLA, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, Florida Studies, 2016
BA, University of North Florida, History, 2013
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I am a PhD candidate studying Latin American History, with a particular interest in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My previous research, advised by Dr. Michael Francis at USFSP, examined Spain’s sixteenth-century presence in Florida. This research culminated in my master’s thesis, titled, “Elusive Truths: Baltasar del Castillo, Royal Subsidies, and the 1576 Residencia of Florida,” which examined sixteenth-century judicial processes, Spanish Florida’s early economy, and Spanish attitudes towards imperial expansion into North America. I plan to integrate similar themes into my dissertation project, which will focus on European and Indigenous interactions in the Spanish New Kingdom of Granada (present-day Colombia). I have extensive paleography and archival experience.

Awards and Services:

2019     Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, Colombia & Spain (April 2020 – March 2021)

2019     The Doucet Scholarship, The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (January – March 2020)

2019     Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Newberry Institute for Research and Education (fall 2019)

2018     Mark and Lucy M. Stitzer Program Support Endowment in History, The Pennsylvania State University

2017     Latin American Studies Research and Travel Award, The Pennsylvania State University

2017     Mark and Lucy M. Stitzer Seed Grant, The Pennsylvania State University

2016     Graduate Scholar Award, The Pennsylvania State University

2014     The Hope and Bob Black Scholar, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg

Recent Courses:

HIST011 – World History II (TA)
HIST 150 – America in the 1960s (TA)