Rooted in traditional European periodization, Early Modern Studies has evolved to consider the political expansions, cultural translations, and networks of exchange that began in the medieval period and continued through the 18th century. Through diverse disciplinary methods, UCLA scholarship on early modernity explores cultural, philosophical, and social changes in local enclaves, circumscribed regions (the Mediterranean, the Pacific and Atlantic basins, South Asia and the Indian Ocean, continental interiors) and expansive geographies. By highlighting these pre-1800 historical transformations, Early Modern Studies contributes to our understanding of the deep roots of the present.
UCLA boasts a distinguished faculty in Early Modern Studies, with particular strengths in the fields of History, Political Science, Musicology, Art History, English, French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as in interdisciplinary approaches including ecocriticism, the study of material culture, and transnational, postcolonial, and cultural studies, to name but a few. With strong support from the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, as well as the UCLA Special Collections, Clark Library, and other area collections, including the Huntington and the Getty, UCLA is at the vanguard of reimagining Early Modern Studies.