RICHARD L. KAGAN, the Arthur Oncken Lovejoy Professor of History, joined The Johns Hopkins University's Department of History in 1972. His scholarship specializes in the history of early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on Habsburg Spain and its overseas empire. He also has long-standing interests in art history, cultural history, history of cartography and urban history. His belief in integrating literature into the study of history is reflected in his joint appointment as professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures.
Dr. Kagan’s books include Students and Society in Early Modern Spain (1974), Lawsuits and Litigants in Castile, 1500-1700 (1981), Lucrecia’s Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain (1990), and Urban Images of the Hispanic World, 1493-1793 (2000). He has edited and contributed to several volumes, including Spanish Cities of the Golden Age (1989), Spain, Europe, and the Atlantic World (1995), a volume of essays dedicated to his mentor, John H. Elliott, that he co-edited with Geoffrey Parker; Spain in America: The Origins of Hispanism in the United States (2002); Inquisitorial Inquiries: The Brief Lives of Secret Jews and Other Heretics (2004); and, together with colleague Philip D. Morgan, the Harry C. Black Professor, Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism 1500-1800 (2008). His most recent book, Clio and the Crown: The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, was published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Professor Kagan is currently preparing a new book provisionally entitled The Spanish Craze: The ‘Discovery’ of the Art and Culture of Spain and Spanish America in the United States, ca. 1890-ca. 1930.