Advisor: Tara Nummedal
Research Interests: Early modern knowledge practices of Europe and the Atlantic World
Research Summary: Mayer Juni studies changes in early modern knowledge practices and the role that these played in shaping the culture and politics of Europe and the Atlantic World. His dissertation examines Spanish Inquisitors’ systematic collection of personal data and their use of biographical discourse within their trial procedures. In doing so, he hopes to shed light on the intersection of renaissance culture, empire-building, the origins of modern modes of governance, and the construction of new kinds of identities for Amerindians, Africans, Conversos, and other marginal subjects within Hispanic society.