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Jodi Campbell


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Associate Professor and Department Chair
Spain, Early Modern Europe
Reed 330
(817) 257-5882

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There is a vast difference between "the past" and "history."  The past is what really happened.  History is what people, professional and non-professional alike, say happened.  And, if history is one of the building blocks of our personal and national identity and perspective, it always offers something of a skewed perspective of ourselves.  History is a memory of the past.  And, like memory, some of the past is lost; some is ignored; some is deliberately buried; some is incompletely remembered; some of it reflects more of the present than of the past; some is read into; some is distorted when remembered... History views and shapes the past in its own image.   --  Louis Schmier

Dr. Campbell held the A.M. Pate, Jr., Professorship for the year 2013-14.

Educational Background

B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (History and Spanish), M.A.Tulane University (Early Modern Europe), Ph.D. University of Minnesota (Early Modern Europe)

Research Interests

Early modern Spain; Golden Age theater; intersections of politics and popular culture. Current book project: At the First Table, a study of food as a mechanism for creating and maintaining social, religious, and regional identities in early modern Spain.

Selected Publications

At the First Table: Food and Identity in Early Modern Spain (University of Nebraska, 2017)

Women in Port: Gendering Communities, Economies, and Social Networks in Atlantic Port Cities, 1500-1800, essay collection edited by Jodi Campbell and Doug Catterall (Brill, 2012)

Monarchy, Political Culture and Drama in Seventeenth-Century Madrid: Theater of Negotiation (Ashgate Press, 2006)

Courses Taught

HIST 10203, Origins of Western Civilization:  Europe to 1348
HIST 20203, Origins of Western Civilization:  Europe to 1348 (Honors)
HIST 10213, The World Expanded:  Europe 1348-1789
HIST 20213, The World Expanded:  Europe 1348-1789 (Honors)
HIST 30203, The Renaissance
HIST 30243, History of Spain to 1830
HIST 30253, Popular Culture of Early Modern Europe
HIST 49973, History Major Seminar:  Europe

HIST 50960, Historiography
HIST 70303, Graduate Seminar:  Readings in Early Modern Europe
HIST 70403, Graduate Seminar:  Readings in Modern Europe

Recent Presentations

“Notorious Excess: Food, Status, and Self-Control in Early Modern Spain,” invited presentation for the Initiative in Food Culture and Environment, University of North Texas, November 6, 2014

“Food and the Performance of Social Identity in Early Modern Madrid,” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, 27-30 October 2011

"Writing Faces: Physical Descriptions in Early Modern Spain," American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., January 3-5, 2008

"Political Counsel on Stage: Critiques of Kingship in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama," Cultures of Political Counsel workshop, University of Liverpool, July 14-16, 2007

"Señas y Señales: Physical Descriptions of Faces in Early Modern Spain," Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Miami Beach, FL, April 19-21, 2007

"What to Do If Your King Is an Idiot," keynote address given for the Phi Alpha Theta/OAPH regional conference hosted by Cameron University, Lawton, OK, February 27-28, 2004

"Kings and Comedies: The Influence of the Spanish Court on Popular Drama in the Seventeenth Century," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 24-27, 2002

Guest scholar at "Shakespearean Comedy at the Millennium," a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teacher Institute at Centenary College, July 2-27, 2001

"Secrets and Lies: Royal Deceptions in the Spanish Comedia," Society for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies, New York, April 2000

Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association
Fulbright Association (member, North Texas chapter board of directors)
Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (executive committee member)
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Beta Kappa (former secretary, Delta of Texas)

Links of Interest

History News Network
Why Study History?
Why Become A Historian?
The History Major and the Liberal Arts
H-Net:  Humanities and Social Sciences Online