John Jeffries Martin
Professor of History
John Jeffries Martin, Chair of the Department of History, is a historian of early modern Europe, with particular interests in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Venice’s Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City (1993), winner of the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association, and Myths of Renaissance Individualism (2004). In addition, he is the editor or co-editor of several volumes: Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City State (2002); The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad (2002); Heresy, Culture and Religion in Early Modern Italy: Contexts and Contestations (2006); and The Renaissance World (2007) as well as some fifty articles and essays. He is currently completing the first volume of Europe's Providential Modernity, 1492-1792, a work that offers a new interpretation not only of Europe in the early modern period but a rethinking of modernity itself. Martin’s further research focuses on the history of torture in early modern Italy, a topic he is pursuing through a study of Francesco Casoni, a provincial intellectual, whose writings on evidence and the art of conjecture did much to undermine the need for the use of torture in the courts of Europe in the early modern period.
Martin has been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, twice of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and has received support for his research from the American Philosophical Association, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Renaissance Society of America. He has lectured, as the Alphonse Dupront Chair, at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and, as Distinguished Visiting Scholar, at Victoria College, the University of Toronto. He also lectures frequently to broader publics, most recently through a series of presentations on early modern Europe through the Program in the Humanities and Human Values at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
With Richard Newhauser, Martin is editor of the series Vices & Virtues for Yale University Press.
Martin teaches courses in Italian and European history. His most recent courses include a graduate seminar on the history of the early modern Mediterranean and an undergraduate seminar on the history of torture in the West. In the spring of 2013 he offered, together with Sara Galletti, a course entitled “Mapping Knowledge in the Renaissance: Raphael’s School of Athens,” a collaborative that investigated the epistemologies of various disciplines in Rome in the High Renaissance. The course was funded by a grant from the Humanities Writ Large initiative at Duke.
Before joining the history faculty at Duke in 2007, Martin taught at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he also served as Chair of the History Department (2004-2007). Martin grew up on St. Simons Island, Georgia, attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard.
Martin, J. J., ed. The Renaissance World. New York: Routledge, 2007.
Delph, Ronald K., Michelle Fontaine, and John Jeffries Martin, eds. Heresy, Culture, and Religion in Early Modern Italy: Contexts and Contestations. Vol. 76. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2006.
Martin, John Jeffries. Venice’s Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Martin, J. J., ed. The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Martin, J. J., and D. Romano, eds. Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State, 1297-1797. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Manzoni and the Making of Italy.” In Claudio Povolo, The Novelist and the Archivist. Palgrave, 2014.
Martin, John J. “Nicodemismo.” In Dizionario Storico Dell’Inquisizione, edited by Adriano Prosperi and John Tedeschi, 1115–16. Laterza, 2010.
Martin, John Jeffries. “The Renaissance: A World in Motion.” In The Renaissance World, edited by John Jeffries Martin, 3–27. Routledge, 2007.
Martin, J. J. “Calvin’s Smile.” In History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, Edited by Rachel Fulton and Bruce Holsinger, 158–69. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
Martin, J. J. “Renovatio and Reform in Early Modern Italy.” In Heresy, Culture, and Religion in Early Modern Italy: Contexts and Contestations, Edited by Ronald K. Delph, Michelle Fontaine, and John Jeffries Martin, 76:1–17. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2006.
Martin, J. J. “Translation of Silvana Seidel-Menchi’s "The Inquisitor as Mediator".” In Heresy, Culture, and Religion in Early Modern Italy: Contexts and Contestations, Edited by Ronald K. Delph, Michelle M. Fontaine, and John Jeffries Martin, 173–92. Truman State University Press, 2006.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Religion.” In Palgrave Advances in Renaissance Historiography, Edited by Jonathan Woolfson, 193–209. New York: Palgrave, 2005.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Introduction—The Renaissance: Between Myth and History.” In The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad, edited by J. Martin, 1–23. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Martin, J. J. “Cannibalism as a feuding ritual in early: Modern Europe.” Acta Histriae 25, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 97–108. https://doi.org/10.19233/AH.2017.05. Full Text
Martin, J. J. “"Et nulle autre me faict plus proprement homme que cette cy:" Michel de Montaigne's embodied masculinity.” European Review of History 22, no. 4 (January 1, 2015): 563–78. https://doi.org/10.1080/13507486.2015.1028344. Full Text
Martin, J. J. “Francesco Casoni and the rhetorical forensics of the body.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 45, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 103–30. https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-2830040. Full Text
Martin, J. J. “Marranos and Nicodemites in sixteenth-century Venice.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41, no. 3 (September 1, 2011): 577–99. https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-1363954. Full Text
Martin, J. J. “Crossing religious boundaries in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41, no. 3 (September 1, 2011): 459–62. https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-1363909. Full Text
Martin, J. J. “Tortured testimonies.” Acta Histriae 19, no. 3 (January 1, 2011): 375–92.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Obscure, significant events: R. W. Southern and the meaning of scholarship.” Rethinking History 10, no. 2 (June 2006): 297–305. https://doi.org/10.1080/13642520600649572. Full Text
Martin, John Jeffries. “Sobre los posibles limites del estudio de las identidades a traves de la autobiografia.” Cultura Escrita Y Sociedad 1 (2005): 99–100.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Simplifying the Academic Hierarchy.” Academe 88, no. 6 (2002): 36–38.
Martin, John Jeffries. “In God’s image: artisans and heretics in Counter-Reformation Venice,” 1982.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Language, Thought and the Discovery of Reality in the Theology of Anselm of Canterbury,” 1975.
Martin, John J. “Goody, Jack, Renaissances: The One or the Many?.” The Journal of Early Modern History, December 2012.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe.” American Historical Review, December 2010. https://doi.org/10.1086/ahr.115.5.1517. Full Text Open Access Copy
Martin, John J. “How Sincere Are Claims that Health Care Reform in Unconstitutional?.” Durham Herald Sun, 2010.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Who Are You? Identification, Deception, and Surveillance in Early Modern Europe..” American Historical Review, February 2009. https://doi.org/10.1086/ahr.114.1.199. Full Text
Martin, John Jeffries. “When Citizens Outsource War, Nation is in Trouble.” San Antonio Express News. San Antonio Express-News, 2007.
Delph, Ronald K., Michelle Fontaine, and John Jeffries Martin. “Heresy, Culture, and Religion in Early Modern Italy: Contexts and Contestations.” Truman State Univ Press, 2006.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Review of At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch.” Renaissance Quarterly. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006. https://doi.org/10.1353/ren.2008.0303. Full Text
Martin, John Jeffries. “A Teacher’s Past and Imagined Futures.” College Teaching. Taylor & Francis, 2005.
Martin, John Jeffries. “Review of Strong Words: Writing and Social Strain in the Italian Renaissance, by Lauro Marines.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History. MIT Press, 2004.
Martin, J. J. “Nobilita di stato: Famiglie e identita aristocratiche nel tardo medioevo La Sicilia, by E. Igor Mineo.” Renaissance Quarterly. Renaissance Society of America, 2003.