Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Academic Year 2023 – 2024


At Princeton, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies is a cross-disciplinary association under the general auspices of the Council of the Humanities. There is a standing interdepartmental committee of faculty members, and a number of recognized graduate student organizers. We seek to foster interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among members of the University engaged in the study of Renaissance and early modern culture in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Americas, Asia and Africa. We help maintain Princeton’s traditional strength and high standing in this field, and we encourage innovative developments within the subject. There is an unusually rich array of specialists in Renaissance and early modern history, history of science, English, European and East Asian literatures, history of art and architecture, music, and philosophy. There is also a wider representation from other fields among those related to Renaissance and early modern studies.

Interested students should apply for graduate study through an individual affiliated department, and not through the program.

Program Offerings

Program Offering: Interdepartmental Program

Program description

In addition to a program of public lectures, workshops, conferences and symposia, designed in collaboration with other departments and programs, we sponsor longer term visiting specialists, panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings, and we facilitate the use of regional resources for early modern study, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.


Courses are offered through affiliated departments. Students interested in interdisciplinary Renaissance or early modern study should consult with their departmental adviser as well as the director of the program or members of the program committee.


  • Director

    • Carolyn Yerkes
  • Executive Committee

    • Bradin T. Cormack, English
    • Anthony T. Grafton, History
    • Wendy Heller, Music
    • Thomas D. Kaufmann, Art and Archaeology
    • Esther H. Schor, English, <i>ex officio</i>
    • Nigel Smith, English
    • Carolyn Yerkes, Art and Archaeology
  • Associated Faculty

    • Joel B. Lande, German
    • Christina H. Lee, Spanish & Portuguese

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.