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History Department at Lehman College

Faculty: Amanda Wunder

Amanda WunderAcademic Interests 

Early Modern Europe, especially Spain


My scholarship investigates the cultural history of early modern Spain in the fields of art history, urban history, religion, and material culture. I focus on the imperial period from 1492 to 1700, and my major research projects explore the transformations of Spanish society and culture, especially material and artistic culture, alongside the rise and fall of Spain’s international empire. I am especially interested in the ways that Spanish people interpreted the impact of the imperial project on their own society and in their reactions to the cultural and social changes that they witnessed in their cities, gender relations, and social hierarchies.

Awards and Fellowships

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2012
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship, 2005-06
  • Best Dissertation in Iberian History, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical
    Studies, 2002-2004
  • American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant, 2003
  • Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2002-03
  • J. William Fulbright Student Award, Spain, 1999-2000.


  • Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017). 
    Awarded publication subventions by the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund and Princeton University’s Barr Ferree Publication Fund.
  • "Women’s Fashions and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Spain: The Rise and Fall of the Guardainfante,” Renaissance Quarterly 68:1 (March 2015): 133-86. Awarded honorable mention for the William Nelson prize for the best article published in Renaissance Quarterly in 2015.
  • “Fashion and Urban Views in Seventeenth-century Madrid,” with Laura R. Bass, in Spanish Fashion at the Courts of Early Modern Europe, edited by José Luis Colomer and Amalia Descalzo (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2014), 1:363-84; also published in Spanish as “Moda y vistas de Madrid en el siglo XVII,” in Vestir a la española en las cortes europeas (siglos XVI y XVII).
  • "Dress (Spain),” in Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque, ed. Kenneth Mills and Evonne Levy (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013), pp. 107-10.
  • "Veiled Ladies of the Early Modern Spanish World: Seduction and Scandal in Seville, Madrid, and Lima," with Laura R. Bass, The Hispanic Review (Winter 2009): 97-146.
  • "Classical, Christian, and Muslim Remains in Imperial Seville (1520-1635)," Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2003): 195-212.
  • "Western Travelers, Eastern Antiquities, and the Image of the Turk in Early Modern Europe," The Journal of Early Modern History 7 (2003): 89-119.
  • "Murillo and the Canonisation Case of San Fernando, 1649-52," The Burlington Magazine 143 (2001): 670-75.

Forthcoming publications

  • “Innovation and Tradition at the Court of Philip IV of Spain (1621-1665): The Invention of the ‘Golilla’ and the ‘Guardainfante,’” in Fashioning the Early Modern: Dress, Textiles and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800, edited by Evelyn Welch (Oxford University Press, [2017]).

Work in progress

  • “Sumptuary Legislation in Spain, 13th-18th Centuries,” in The Right To Dress: Sumptuary Legislation in a Comparative and Global Perspective, edited by Giorgio Riello and Ulinka Rublack.
  • The Spanish Style: The Politics of Extreme Fashion in an Age of Empire, 1492-1700 (new book project)