Early Modern Societies

Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Our faculty has long specialized in the study of the period between 1450 and 1800, exploring the social, religious, political, and intellectual history of Early Modern societies from around the globe. The history of the Atlantic World, or the history of interactions between peoples and empires bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is a particular point of strength in our department, and has led to numerous fruitful collaborations between faculty. 

Sub-fields

Early Modern Europe

Our department has long had a strength in the study of Early Modern Europe between, roughly, the 15th and 18th centuries. Our faculty teach and research many aspects of this era, ranging from the lives of French aristocrats to the growth of medical and scientific knowledge.

Faculty

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Children's Games

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Children's Games
Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Early Modern Asia

Our department boasts a particular strength in Early Modern Korea and China, with areas of specialization including religious history and the cultural history of medicine.

Faculty

The Phoenix Throne of the king of Joseon in Gyeongbokgung

The Phoenix Throne of the king of Joseon in Gyeongbokgung Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Colonial North and South America

Our faculty works to better understand the anxious relationships between European colonists, enslaved Africans, indigenous peoples, and the lived environment in North and South America and the Caribbean.

Faculty

John Vanderlyn, The Landing of Columbus, 1846

John Vanderlyn, The Landing of Columbus, 1846

The Atlantic World

A particular point of pride in our department is our strength in the study of the Atlantic World, the community created by the cultural and economic connections between the countries and peoples bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Faculty

The Cantino Planosphere, 1502

The Cantino Planosphere, 1502
Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

Faculty

James J. Bono

575 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8423

hischaos@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Early Modern European History; Gender and Sexuality; Intellectual History; Medicine, Disability and Science; Transnational History

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575 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8423

hischaos@buffalo.edu

Jonathan S. Dewald

555 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8406

jdewald@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Early Modern European History; History of France; Intellectual History; Political History

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555 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8406

jdewald@buffalo.edu

Mark Nathan

533 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5647

mnathan@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor
Asian Studies Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Asian History; Korean History; History of Religion; Intellectual History; Transnational History

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533 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5647

mnathan@buffalo.edu

Claire S. Schen

577 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8424

cschen@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Early Modern European History; The Atlantic World; Intellectual History; History of Religion; Social and Cultural History; Transnational History

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577 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8424

cschen@buffalo.edu

Erik R. Seeman

534 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5648

seeman@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Early American History; History of Colonial North America; History of Religion; Social and Cultural History; Transnational History; History of Death; Indigenous History

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534 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5648

seeman@buffalo.edu

Liana Vardi

582 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8427

vardi@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Editor
Fiction and Film for French Historians

Fields: Early Modern Europe; History of France; Intellectual History; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History; Urban History

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582 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8427

vardi@buffalo.edu