Stephanie Cavanaugh


Stephanie M. Cavanaugh is a historian and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. She earned her PhD and MA degrees in History from the University of Toronto and a BA in History and English from the University of New Brunswick. Her research interests include religious conversion and colonial encounters in the early modern Spanish world. Her doctoral thesis, “The Morisco problem and the politics of belonging in sixteenth-century Valladolid,” is a study of ideas of difference and belonging in early modern Castile through an analysis of the transformations in political, juridical, and communal identities that formed part of the processes of religious conversion. Building on this work, Stephanie’s postdoctoral research investigates concepts of purity, race, and nation in reference to the forcibly converted Moriscos in the early modern Spanish Empire.