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Elizabeth McCahill, PhD

  • Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6864
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall 4-633

Areas of Expertise

Professor McCahill’s research interests include the medieval and Renaissance reception of the classical legacy, early modern cultural and religious history, patronage and institutional history, humanism, and the city of Rome. She teaches courses on Western Civilization, “Saints, Witches and Heretics,” the Renaissance and Reformation, and early modern cities.


PhD, Princeton University
BA, Yale University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

On leave. Will return in Spring 2016.

I joined the History Department in the fall of 2009 and am excited to be back in the area after growing up just north of Boston. I received my BA from Yale University and my PhD from Princeton University, then worked as an assistant professor in New Hampshire (at Keene State College) and Tennessee (at the University of the South). I spent the 2008-2009 academic year at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, where I was completing research for a book project about Rome and the papal court in the early 1400s. I have published on patronage and on antiquarian scholarship and am in the midst of two new articles, one about the library of a Renaissance cardinal and another about a Renaissance epistolary collection modeled on the letters of the ancient Roman statesman, Cicero.

Professor McCahill's CV