History Department
History Department

Samantha Rubino

B.A. with Distinguished Research Honors in History & Spanish, The Ohio State University

Samantha Rubino



Early Modern Spain; Colonial Latin America; Family History; Women & Gender; Religion & Culture; 17th-Century Society


Samantha R. Rubino is a third year PhD student studying Latin American history at The University of Texas at Austin. Her area of focus is 17th-Century Latin America. Her dissertation “Under the Scrutiny of God & Sovereign” examines the crimes of bigamy and cohabitation to reveal how individuals and imperial authorities defined and regulated intimate partnerships from 1575 to 1700. More concretely, she postulate how litigation--in secular, ecclesiastical, and inquisitorial courts-- functioned as a form of negotiation over the definition of family construction and regulation for imperial authorities and individuals. Currently, Samantha serves as the Graduate Research Assistant, and New Works in Progress Chair & Coordinator, for the Institute for Historical Studies--for the 2015-2016 academic year. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she was the Co-Coordinator of The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality in the History Department. 

Institute for Historical Studies

The GRA position serves as liaison between the Institute for Historical Studies and the graduate student body. Primary responsibilities focus on our numerous events throughout the year, including organizing graduate student meet/greet breakfasts with fellows and visiting scholars; receiving catering and pre-function setting-up of chairs, refreshments, and media; postfunction cleaning; attending events to assist Director and guests; posting event flyers and posters around campus. Other major responsibilities include processing fellowship applications; writing short news stories for institute web site and department newsletter; tracking institute supplies inventory; maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of the fourth floor; checking institute email twice a week during normal times, and daily between Dec. 15 and Jan. 30, and responding to emails; researching maintaining institute database; preparing promotional materials for distribution to visitors. Other duties as assigned.

For more information regarding the Institute for Historical Studies, please visit: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/historicalstudies/

Gender Symposium

The History Department's Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality provides graduate students and faculty members a forum in which to present and discuss works-in-progress dealing with issues of gender and sexuality.  Samantha serves as the Co-Coordinator for the Symposium during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Meetings are open to all graduate students and faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin and are typically held every other Friday from 12-2PM.  For more information about Gender Sympoisum, including information on how to submit an abstract to present, please visit the website:  http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/history/gender-symposium/overview.php