Director of British and Irish Literary Studies
Carmen Nocentelli holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. An early modern specialist with an interest in the transformations brought about by Europe’s overseas expansion—what has come to be called “the global Renaissance”—she pursues a research agenda crossing both disciplinary and territorial borders. She teaches and writes not only about European literatures and cultures, but also about the ways that these literatures and cultures were transformed by cross-cultural encounters in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Nocentelli is the author of Empires of Love: Europe, Asia, and the Making of Early ModernIdentity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) which won the 2013 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the 2014 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize in Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC).
Her work on travel writing, early modern drama, picaresque fiction, and political pamphleteering has appeared in a number of academic journals and edited volumes, including PMLA, Modern Language Quarterly, The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Nuevo Texto Crítico, Indography: Writing the ‘Indian’ in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2012), and Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
Nocentelli's scholarship has been recognized and supported by several awards, including an NEH Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library, NEH and Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowships at the Newberry Library, a Meyers Fellowship at the Huntington Library, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship, and a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. As a UNM faculty member, she is the recipient of a Susan Geiger Faculty Award and a Julia M. Keleher/Telfair Hendon Jr. Faculty Award.