Mary Halavais

Title: Professor

Concentration: Early Modern Europe, Spain, and Latin America

Education: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Office: Stevenson 2062

Phone: (707) 664-2489




Professor Mary Halavais studies the Spanish Empire; her research has taken her to Spain and Morocco, as well as to Oxford, England. Her monograph on Morisco-Christian interactions in Aragon won the American Historical Association's Gutenberg-e Prize and is part of the ALCS Humanities online collection, and her work has been funded by Mellon, Ford and NEH grants. Her current research, on the Moriscos exiled from Spain in the 17th century, was recently presented at the EUI Mediterranean Research Meeting in Montecatini, Italy. A resident of Sonoma County, Halavais taught courses at San Quentin Prison and has been on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Shelter Network. She earned her Ph.D. in Early Modern Europe at the University of California, San Diego, and her B.A. in History fromt he University of Maryland, College Park.


  • HIST 202: The Development of the Modern World
  • HIST 241: History of the Americas, Part I
  • HIST 339: Ancient and Colonial Latin America 
  • HIST 371: Special Topics: Jews in Medieval Europe
  • HIST 371: Special Topics: Tolerance and Intolerance in Europe
  • HIST 380: The 20th Century World
  • HIST 382: The Mediterranean World, 1400-1700
  • HIST 391: The Study of History
  • HIST 410: Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 411: From the Enlightenment to World War I
  • HIST 420: The French Revolution
  • HIST 422: The Spanish Empire
  • HIST 423: The Spanish Civil War
  • HIST 496: History Journal
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: The Spanish Empire
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: The Mediterranean World
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 597: Graduate Writing Seminar 

Selected Scholarship:

Like Wheat to the Miller: Community, Convivencia and the Construction of Morisco Identity in 16th Century Aragon.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. (Also available as an ebook on the ACLS Humanities site, and as part of the AHA's Gutenberg-e Project.)