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Elizabeth Nutting

MA, University of Texas, Austin

Elizabeth Nutting


Libby Nutting is a PhD candidate in the history department at the University of Texas at Austin. This year she is finishing her dissertation "Morisco Survival: Gender, Conversion, and Migration in the Early Modern Mediterranean, 1492-1659." Libby did extensive archival research in Morocco and Spain, working with documents in Arabic and Spanish to write a history of the expulsion of the Moriscos from a transnational perspective. Her dissertation documents how Moriscos resisted and adapted to an increasingly dangerous and violent Mediterranean world where they no longer had a place. Using gender as a primary category of analysis, she found that Moriscos responded to the hardening of religious and ethnic boundaries in creative, surprising, and often tragic ways. Men and women faced different challenges and often employed different survival strategies. In 2011 her master's report, "Vivir por la seda: Morisca Women, Household Economies, and the Silk Industry in the Kingdom of Granada, 1400-1570," won the Department of History's Jan Carleton Perry Prize for best master's report or thesis. She has undergraduate degrees in History and Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Al-Andalus, Andalusian diaspora, North Africa, Spain, Spanish empire, early modern Mediterranean, women and family, labor history, material culture
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