Sara Miglietti

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Gilman 490
Wednesday, 9:30am - 11:30am
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Sara Miglietti has a PhD in Renaissance Studies from the University of Warwick (2016) and a joint PhD in philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and the Université Paris Descartes (cotutelle de thèse, 2012). Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty in 2015, she was a lecturer at the University of Warwick (2013–2015) and at Georgetown University (2012–2013), and a research fellow at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2012–2014).

Sara has been the recipient of visiting fellowships at various institutions, including the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the École Nationale des Chartes, the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, Harvard University, the Warburg Institute, the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation in Geneva, and the Institute for Historical Studies in London.

Sara’s research focuses on the intellectual history of France and Europe from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, with a particular attention to intersections between political thought, moral philosophy, and the natural sciences. Her broader interests include book history, translation and reception studies, genetic criticism, the environmental humanities, and the thought of Michel Foucault.

Sara is currently working on a monograph entitled “Mastering the Climate: Theories of Environmental Influence in the Early Modern Period”, which investigates perceptions and manipulations of climate across early modern Europe and the colonial world. She is also co-editing a bilingual (Latin/French) edition of Jean Bodin’s Six livres de la République (with Mario Turchetti), as well as a collection of essays on Governing the Environment in the Early Modern World: Theory and Practice (with John Morgan).


Introduction à la littérature française I (Fall 2015, Fall 2016)

Inside the Writer’s Laboratory (Spring 2016)

Ecrire l’ailleurs: littérature, voyage, utopie (Spring 2016)

Avant la Révolution: littérature et critique sociale en France 1500-1789 (Fall 2016)

L’Amérique des Français: French travellers to America (Spring 2017)


Founding Myths: Literature, Historicity, and the Nation (Fall 2015)

Inside the Writer’s Laboratory (Spring 2016)

Classiques de la Renaissance: Montaigne et Aubigné (Spring 2017)

  1. ‘Wholesome or Pestilential? Giovanni Battista Doni (1594-1647) and the Dispute on Roman Air’, NeMLA Italian Studies, 2016 (forthcoming).
  2. ‘The Censor as Reader: Censorial Responses to Bodin's Methodus in Counter-Reformation Italy (1587–1607)’, in S. Miglietti and Sarah Parker (eds), ‘Reading Publics in Renaissance Europe, 1450-1650’, Special issue of History of European Ideas, 42/5 (2016), 707-721.
  3. (with Sarah Parker) ‘Editorial’, in S. Miglietti and Sarah Parker (eds), ‘Reading Publics in Renaissance Europe, 1450-1650’, Special issue of History of European Ideas, 42/5 (2016), 590-594.
  4. (with William Barton) ‘An Eighteenth-Century Thought Experiment on Climate Change: Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s “De ignis seu caloris certa portione Heluetiae adsignata” (1708)’, Lias: Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, 42/2 (2015), 135-166.
  5. ‘Al di là dell’“auteur d’un seul livre”: Cesare Vasoli lettore di Jean Bodin’, Rinascimento, 54 (2014), 133-146.
  6. ‘Meaning in a Changing Context. Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach to Authorial Revision’, History of European Ideas, 40/4 (2014), 474–494.
  7. ‘Le souverain remède. Letture machiavelliane della crisi in Francia (1573–1579)’, Rinascimento, 53 (2013), 73–110.
  8. ‘Tesmoings oculaires. Storia e autopsia nella Francia del secondo Cinquecento’, Rinascimento, 50 (2010), 1-40.
  9. ‘Justice et liberté. Des volontaires italiens en Catalogne (1936-1937)’, Paul Nizan et les années Trente, 9 (2010), 149–170.
  10. ‘Amitié, harmonie et paix politique chez Aristote et Jean Bodin’, Astérion, 7 (2010), online.
  11. ‘Berns: une généalogie de la souveraineté au service de son dépassement’, Materiali foucaultiani, 1 (2010), online.
  12. ‘Presenze boeziane nel “Colloquium Heptaplomeres” di Jean Bodin’, Rinascimento, 44 (2004), 273-295.
Book Chapters
  1. ‘Debating Greatness from Machiavelli to Burton’, in C. Muratori and G. Paganini (eds), Early Modern Philosophers and the Renaissance Legacy (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016, forthcoming).
  2. ‘Botero, Giovanni’, in M. Sgarbi (ed.), Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), online.
  3. ‘Bodin, Jean’ and ‘Methodus ad facilem historiarum cognitionem’, in D. Thomas, J. Chesworth & al. (eds), Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 6. Western Europe (1500–1600) (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 775–587.
  4. ‘Reading From the Margins: A Few Insights Into the Early Reception of Bodin’s Methodus’, in H.A. Lloyd (ed.), The Reception of Bodin (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 193–217.
  5. ‘Constant e Tocqueville: liberalismi a confronto’, in O. Catanorchi and D. Ragazzoni (eds), Il destino della democrazia. Attualità di Tocqueville (Roma: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2010), 179–199.
  6. Entries on Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Thomas More in: Aa.Vv., Il fondo antico della Biblioteca della Scuola Normale. Esposizione di esemplari di pregio delle raccolte Garin e Cantimori (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2008).
  7. ‘Giordano Bruno e la Riforma Protestante’, in D. Pirillo and O. Catanorchi (eds), Favole, metafore, storie: seminario su Giordano Bruno (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2006), 157-225.