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Eric Dursteler, Professor

Department: History



Eric Dursteler (Brown, 2000) is Professor and Chair of History at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on gender, culture and religion in the the early modern Mediterranean.  His publications include Venetians in Constantinople: Nation, Identity and Coexistence in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2006), Renegade Women: Gender, Identity and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2011), and A Companion to Venetian History (2013), and The Mediterranean World: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Napoleon (2016), co-authored with Monique O’Connell. His research has been funded by, among others, the Fulbright Commission, the NEH, Villa I Tatti and the Delmas Foundation. He is editor of the News on the Rialto, and book review editor for the Journal of Early Modern History.


  • MA, Brigham Young University, 1992
  • BA, Brigham Young University, 1988

Research Interests

Early modern Mediterranean, food and history, multilingual societies, religious identity and conversion


  • Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Phi
  • Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award, BYU, 2017
  • Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, 2016
  • Renaissance Society of America Short-Term Research Grant, Renaissance Society of America, 2016
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, 2013
  • Research Grant, FHSS, 2013
  • Women's Research Initiative Grant, BYU, 2013
  • Alcuin Fellowship, General Education (GE), 2013
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2012
  • Honorable Mention Best Book of 2011, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, 2012
  • Research Grant, Kennedy Center, 2012
  • Short-term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2012
  • Helen Williams Award, Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning, 2010

Publication Info

  • Eric R Dursteler, Monique O'Connell (2016). The Mediterranean World: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Napoleon.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2015). Fearing the ‘Turk’ and Feeling the Spirit: Emotion and Conversion in the Early Modern Mediterranean. Journal of Religious History.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2013). ‘A Continual Tavern in My House’: Food and Diplomacy in Early Modern Constantinople. Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2013). A Brief Survey of Histories of Venice. Handbook of Venetian History, 1400-1797.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2013). Handbook of Early Modern Venice, 1400-1797. Handbook of Early Modern Venice, 1400-1797.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2013). Dönme Kadınlar: Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Kimlik ve Sınırlar.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2012). Speaking in Tongues: Multilingualism and Multicultural Communication in the Early Modern Mediterranean. Past & Present.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2012). İstanbul’daki Venedikliler. İstanbul’daki Venedikliler.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2012). Food and Politics. A Cultural History of Food, The Renaissance, c. 1300-1600.
  • Eric R Dursteler (2011). On Renaissance Bazaars and Battlefields: Recent Scholarship on Mediterranean Cultural Contacts. Journal of Early Modern History.