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Rachel Midura

Rachel Midura, Assistant Professor

Rachel Midura, Assistant Professor
Rachel Midura, Assistant Professor

Department of History
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231- |  rmidura@vt.edu

Rachel Midura is an assistant professor of digital history. She brings twenty-first-century understanding of media and social networks to the political and cultural history of the early modern period.

Recent articles featured in collected volumes such as The Renaissance of Letters and Empires of Knowledge: Scientific Networks in the Early Modern World.

She is currently at work on her first book on early modern surveillance, espionage, and the origins of Europe’s postal systems.

Additional projects include conversion tools for early modern distance and currency, and research on state letter interception and travel control.

  • Digital History
  • History of Information/Communication
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Italy
  • Habsburg Empire
  • Ph.D. in History, Stanford University, 2020
  • M.A. in History, Stanford University, 2016
  • B.A. in History and Italian Studies, University of Virginia, 2013

Book Chapters

“Policing in Print: Social Control in Spanish & Borromean Milan, 1535-1584” in Nina Lamal, Helmer Helmers, eds., Print and Power in Early Modern Europe (Brill)

“Publishing the Baroque Post” in Renaissance of Letters, Paula Findlen and Suzanne Sutherland, eds., (Routledge Press: 2019)

“Conceptualizing Knowledge Networks: Agents and Patterns of ‘Flow’” in Paula Findlen, ed., Empires of Knowledge (Routledge Press: 2018)

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