Dr Emily Michelson

Dr Emily Michelson

AB (Harvard) and PhD (Yale)

Contact Details

E-mail - edm21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462881
Fax - +44 (0)1334 463334

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Teaching and Research Interests

Cultural, religious, and intellectual history of Early Modern Europe, with particular emphasis on Renaissance and sixteenth-century Italy, the history of the book, and  Italian religious culture during the Reformation period. She has recently completed The Pulpit and the Press in Reformation Italy, a book about the role of Italian sermons during the Reformation. Her current research examines the significance of Jews and Judaism to Counter-Reformation Rome. 


  • The Pulpit and the Press in Reformation Italy, I Tatti Monographs in Italian Renaissance History, Harvard University Press, March 2013 [Details]
  • From Icons to Eternity: Studies in Religious and Cultural History in honor of Carlos M.N. Eire, ed. Emily Michelson, Scott K. Taylor and Mary Noll Venables, St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, Ashgate, 2012

Selected Articles and Chapters:

  • “Dramatics in (and out of) the Pulpit in post-Tridentine Italy,” in The Italianist, vol. 34 no. 3 (2014), 449-462.
  • “Evangelista Marcellino: One Preacher, Two Congregations” in Archivio Italiano per la storia della pietà 25 (2013): 105-202.
  • 'An Italian explains the English Reformation (with God’s help)” in From Icons to Eternity: Studies in Religious and Cultural History in honor of Carlos M.N. Eire ed. Michelson, Taylor, and Venables (Ashgate, 2012): 33-48
  • "The power of the pulpit and the transmission of Trent in sixteenth-century Italy: Cornelio Musso and Franceschino Visdomini in the 1550s" in Languages of Power in Italy (1300-1600), ed. Daniel Bornstein and Laura Gaffuri, in press at Brepols (forthcoming, 2013).
  • “Preaching Across Rome in the Sixteenth Century: Three Key Sites for Catholic Identity” in Early Modern Rome 1341-1667 ed. Portia Prebys, in press with Edisai, Ferrara, (2011).  
  • “The Catholic Inquisition” in The World History Encyclopedia, Vol. 6: The First Global Age. Eds. Dane Morrison and Jeffrey Diamond. (ABC-CLIO) (2010).
  • “Luigi Lippomano, His Vicars, and the Reform of Verona from the Pulpit,” Church History 78, no. 3 (2009): 584-605.  
  • “Preaching Scripture under Pressure in Tridentine Italy: A Case Study of Gabriele Fiamma” in The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in the Sixteenth Century. Eds. Wim Janse et al. (Dutch Review of Church History, vol. 85; Brill) (2006).
  • “Bernardino of Siena Visualizes the Name of God,” in Speculum Sermonis: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon. Eds. Georgiana Donavin et al. (Disputatio series; Brepols) (2005).
  • Translator (from Italian), “From the Council of Trent to Tridentinism,” by Giuseppe Alberigo, in From Trent to Vatican II: Historical and Theological Investigations. Eds. Raymond F. Bulman and Frederick J. Parrella. (Oxford) (2006)

Teaching Duties

Sub-honours teaching and lecturing in MO1007 and HI2001
Teaches the following Honours courses:

Postgraduate teaching:

Directed reading in Modern History
Aspects of Reformation Historiography
Approaches and Sources in Early Modern History (MO5001).

Research Students

  • Gillian Jack, The Experience of Converted Prostitutes in the Monastero di Santa Elisabetta delle Convertite in Late Renaissance Florence (with Frances Andrews)