Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff
Office: MHRA 2127
Office Phone: 336-334-5992
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1983
M.A., Princeton University, 1979
B.A., University of Michigan, 1976
Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005-
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1989-2005
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1983-1989
Instructor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1982-83
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School, 1985-86
Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University, 1979-1980
I am interested in issues relating to religion, gender, life-writing, and constructions of authority in early modern Europe, especially Spain. After working for many years on women and/in Catholic culture more recently I have turned my attention to masculine identity, especially male clerical identity.
I have just completed a book called Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750. Here I chart the varieties of interpersonal relationships between confessors and female penitents in early modern Catholic Europe and its colonies. I examine the resulting literatures of hagiography and spiritual autobiography that produced hundreds of texts designed to reaffirm values and establish models of behavior for the faithful in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Spanish American and French Canada.
- HIS 222: Europe 1350-1789 - A survey of European history from the Renaissance to the French Revolution, based on selected primary sources.
- HIS 315: Witchcraft and Magic in European History - An examination of the religious, cultural, political, and social underpinnings of the "witch craze" of 1500-1700, based on selected primary sources.
- HIS 369: History of Spain - Spain and its Empire in the Golden Age - A survey of Spanish history, from its earliest inhabitants to the end of the Habsburg dynasty in 1700, based on selected primary sources.
- HIS 511B: Seminar in Historical Research and Writing - Self and Society in Early Modern Europe, 1350-1700 - A research seminar examining biographical and autobiographical texts and the construction of identities during the early modern period.
- HIS 544: Early Modern Europe: Selected Topics - An examination of major themes in the history of Europe between the 1400 and 1800. Topics may include: Renaissance Cities, The Age of Reformations, Columbus and the Age of Discovery, and Understanding the Eighteenth Century.
- HIS 705: Colloquium in European History before 1800 - A survey of historiographical and methodological issues in the study of European history before the industrial age.
- HIS 740: Selected Topics in European History - An examination of Microhistory as an approach to historical inquiry, particularly of pre-modern European societies.
- Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005).
- Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800, Allan Greer and Jodi Bilinkoff, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2003).
- The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989; paperback edition, 1992; Spanish edition, Madrid: Editorial de Espiritualidad, 1993).
- "Navigating the Waves (of Devotion): Toward a Gendered Analysis of Early Modern Catholicism," in Crossing Boundaries: Attending to Early Modern Women, Jane Donawerth and Adele Seeff, eds. (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2000):161-172.
- "The Many 'Lives' of Pedro de Ribadeneyra," Renaissance Quarterly 52 (1999): 180-196.
Grants and Awards
- Mellon Fellow, National Humanities Center, 1999-2000
- American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellow, American Association of University Women, 1999-2000
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipend, 1992 (deferred to 1993).
- Fellow, Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, 1989-90
- Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer in Women's Studies in Religion, Harvard Divinity School, 1985-86