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Carla Rahn Phillips

Department Affiliations

Narrative

Ph.D. New York University, 1972. History. Early Modern and Modern Europe. Thesis adviser Nicolás Sánchez-Albornoz. M.A. New York University, 1966. History. Early Modern and Modern Europe. Adviser Leo Gershoy B.A. Pomona College (Claremont, CA), 1965. History, cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Cecil Short Prize in Music.


Specialties

  • Spanish maritime and naval history
  • Spain 1492-1800
  • History of Europe, 1300-1800
  • European Exploration, 1492-1800
  • European economy and society 1350-1750

Educational Background

  • B.A.: History, Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1965.
  • M.A.: Early Modern and Modern European History, New York University, New York City, 1966.
  • Ph.D.: Early Modern European History, New York University, New York City, 1972.

Publications

  • A Concise History of Spain. Phillips, Carla Rahn, William D. Phillips, Jr., Cambridge University Press, Co-Author, 2010.
  • "Twenty Million People United by an Ocean: Spain and the Atlantic World Beyond the Renaissance,” part of a thematic survey of “Spain and Spanish America in the Early Modern Atlantic World: Current Trends in Scholarship,” by Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Carla Rahn Phillips, and Lisa Voigt.: Phillips, Carla Rahn, Renaissance Quarterly, 62, No. 1 1-60, 2009.
  • The Treasure of the San José: Death at Sea in the War of the Spanish Succession. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2007; "Award for Excellence in World History and Biography/Autobiography,” American Association of Publishers, 2007; Paperback edition 2011; Spanish translation, Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2010.
  • “Visualizing Imperium: The ‘Virgin of the Seafarers’ and Spain’s Self-Image in the Early Sixteenth Century.” : Phillips, Carla Rahn, Renaissance Quarterly, 58, No 3 815-856, 2005.
  • (translation into English) - Spain's Men of the Sea: The Daily Life of Crews on the Indies Fleets in the Sixteenth Century, by Pablo E. Pérez-Mallaí­na. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998; Paperback edition, 2005.
  • Spain's Golden Fleece: Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century, with William D. Phillips, Jr. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997; "Leo Gershoy Prize," American Historical Association, 1998; Spanish translation, Valladolid: Junta de Castilla y León, 2005.
  • The Worlds of Christopher Columbus, with William D. Phillips. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992; "Spain in America" 2nd Prize, 1993; Paperback edition, 1993.
  • Six Galleons for the King of Spain: Imperial Defense in the Early Seventeenth Century. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986; "Leo Gershoy" Prize, American Historical Association, 1987; "Spain in America" First Prize, 1987; Paperback edition, 1992; Spanish translation, Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1991
  • "The Life Blood of the Navy: Recruiting Sailors in Eighteenth-Century Spain", The Mariner's Mirror, 87, No. 4 (2001): 420-445.

Research Activities

  • The Struggle for the South Atlantic in the Late Sixteenth Century: scheduled for completion in 2014.

Professional Activities

  • Vice-President for the Professional Division, American Historical Association: responsible for oversight of professional and ethical concerns for the 15,000 member organization , 1996 - 1999
  • President, Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction: Chief executive officer , 1996 - 1998
  • General Secretary, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: Chief elected executive officer of this 400 member organization , 1984 - 1988
  • Executive Council: North American Society for Oceanic History , 1995 - 2000

Awards

  • Royal Order of Isabel the Catholic, conferred by King Juan Carlos of Spain, 2008
  • Fletcher C. Jones Foundation Distinguished Senior Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, California: 2005-2006
  • Corresponding Member, Real Academia de la Historia (Spanish Royal Academy of History), elected 2005
  • Andrew W. Mellon Senior Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, July, 2003 - December 2003
  • Sabbatical Supplement Grant, Bush Foundation, 2000 - 2001
  • Research Award, McKnight Foundation, 1997 - 2000
  • American Historical Association Leo Gershoy Award, 1998
  • American Historical Association Leo Gershoy Award, 1987
  • Spain in America" book prize, awarded by the Spanish government, 1993
  • College of Liberal Arts Scholar of the College, University of Minnesota, 1987
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, 1987 - 1988
  • "Spain in America" book prize, awarded by the Spanish government, 1987

Courses Taught

  • Spanish Paleography, 15th-18th centuries
  • Hist 3703 - European Cities, 1300-1800
  • Hist 3704W - Daily Life in Europe: 1300-1800
  • Hist 3715 - Spain, 1450-Present
  • Hist 5617 - Spain in the Early Modern Period: 1492-1814
  • Hist 5900 - Topics in European/Medieval History: Atlantic World
  • Hist 5962 - European Expansion
  • Hist 3626 - France, from Henry IV through Napoleon
  • Hist 4961 - Senior Paper
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Featured Faculty

  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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