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Maritere López

Professor and Chair, University Graduate Committee

Dr. Maritere Lopez

Chair, University Graduate Committee

Office: Social Sciences 120


Office Phone: 559-278-2601


Ph.D. - State University of New York, Buffalo (2003)

Fall 2023

Course Days/Times
HIST 20 - World History I W 11:00 - 11:50 am (TBA)
HIST 126 - Reformation MW 3:30 - 4:45 pm
HIST 200A - Introduction to Graduate Writing and Historiography T 6:00 - 8:50 pm

Spring 2024

Course Days/Times
HIST 20 - World History II MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am
HIST 125 - The Renaissance MWF 2:00 - 2:50 pm
HIST 299B - Thesis  

  • Renaissance/Reformation
  • Early Modern Women/Gender
  • Friendship & Love in the Renaissance
  • Early Modern Manners and Conduct Manuals

Articles and Book Chapters:

Discourses and Representations of Friendship, 1500-1700. Co-edited with Daniel T. Lochman and Lorna Hutson. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.

"The Courtesan's Gift: Reciprocity and Friendship in the Letters of Camilla Pisana and Tullia D'Aragona." Discourses and Representations of Friendship, 1500-1700. Ed. Daniel T. Lochman, Maritere López, and Lorna Hutson. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.

"Venice and the World in the Early Modern Age." Places of Encounter. Eds. Aran and Elaine MacKinnon. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, March 2012.

"A Practical Compromise to Teaching World History: Thematic Bridges, Standards, and Technology," co-authored with Dr. Melissa Jordine, in World History Connected: the E-Journal of Learning and Teaching 5, No. 3 (May 2008).

"The Chaste Courtesan: Gendered Roles and Identity Formation in the Letters of Camilla Pisana, 1516-1517" (under evaluation).

""For the Education of Her Lover": Love and Gender Construction in the Italian Enlightenment' (under evaluation).


  • Western Civilization, I
  • World History, I
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • The Age of the Medici
  • The Age of Reformations
  • Women, Sex, and Power in Early Modern Europe


  • Introduction to Graduate Writing & Historiography
  • Introduction to Graduate Research & Historiography
  • Early Modern Society and Culture
  • Sex and Gender in Early Modern Europe
  • The Renaissance & the World
  • The Enlightenment
  • Advanced Research: European Primary Sources

My current research focuses on the renowned comedic playwright and best-selling novelist Pietro Chiari (1711-85), one of the most controversial writers of eighteenth-century Italy. Author of over sixty plays and thirty novels, Chiari undertook a critical reevaluation of women's role in Italian society, a subject central to many of his novels. My project focuses on Chiari's prescriptions regarding the training of a newly re-defined "woman of spirit"—the enlightened female who, through an education in what Chiari terms the "school of the world", personal perseverance, willingness to take risks, and the manipulation of social opportunities, rejects traditional dicta regarding women's passivity and embraces instead an active role in society.