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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Liam Brockey is a historian of Early Modern Europe. His primary area of interest is the history of Southern Europe, with a focus on Portugal, its overseas empire, and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Professor Brockey’s first book is Journey to the East: The Jesuit Mission to China, 1579-1724 (Harvard University Press, 2007; paperback 2008). He has also published a collection of essays called Portuguese Colonial Cities in the Early Modern World (Ashgate Publishing, 2009); and a study of the sacrament of confession in Late Imperial China in Forgive Us Our Sins: Confession in Late Ming and Early Qing China (ed. Nicolas Standaert and Ad Dudink; Monumenta Serica, 2007). More broadly, his interests include the history of Spain, France, and Italy; the history of early modern Catholicism; and the development of European empires in the Atlantic and Maritime Asia in the early modern period. Professor Brockey’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Early Modern History, Itinerario, Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Monumenta Serica, and the Journal of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His essays have been published by the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, as well as on the History News Network.

Professor Brockey earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1994) and his A.M. and Ph.D. in history from Brown University (2002). He has been a two-time recipient of grants from the J. William Fulbright Foundation (for study in Portugal and Italy) and has received several fellowships from the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal.

Liam Brockey

Position: Associate Professor

Field: Early Modern, Religious

Region: East Asia, Europe & Russia

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