WWU’s Kimberly Lynn Co-Edits New Book through Cambridge University Press

by Liz Cutler, Office of Communications and Marketing intern
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:53am

Western Washington University Associate Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies Kimberly Lynn, along with Johns Hopkins University Assistant Professor Erin Kathleen Rowe, has published “The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches” with Cambridge University Press.

Lynn and Rowe sought out colleagues and peers in the field to include their research in the book, which contains 14 chapters and has 17 contributors; the contributors used multiple libraries and archives around the world for research.

“Being an editor for a collaborative book is very exciting,” said Lynn.

The book primarily focuses on how the early modern Hispanic world engages with new ways of thinking about its past. The four sections in the book are: City and Society, Religion, Race and Community, Law and Letters and Performance/Place.

When writing the chapters, the 17 collaborators tried to primarily focus around these two key points: how people understood the rapidly changing world in which they (inhabitants of the early modern Spanish Empire) lived, and how they defined, visualized, and constructed communities from family and city to kingdom and empire.

“What we sought to do was highlight some primary trends in studying the Spanish world,” said Lynn.

Lynn, who earned a doctorate in History from Johns Hopkins University in 2006, has taught at Western for 10 years. She has previously authored “Between Court and Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors” in 2013 and is currently working on another series of articles for publication.

Lynn and Rowe’s book is available at www.cambridge.org/9781107109285.