Biography

Michael T. Tworek is an associate of the History Department and a non-resident tutor at Eliot House at Harvard University. Michael’s research and teaching focus on the intellectual and cultural life of early modern Europe from a transcontinental and global perspective. His current book project explores how educational travel transformed how humanists from Cracow to Lisbon understood notions of virtue and barbarity in the Republic of Letters in the sixteenth century. He is interested in how humanists from central and eastern Europe used classical learning to overcome contemporary perceptions of barbarism among their teachers and peers in Italy, France, Iberia, and the German lands to enter local, transcontinental, and increasingly global networks of knowledge. He has current and forthcoming publications on humanist historiography, Jesuits in China, Copernicus and nationhood, urban place in Socinian religious controversies, Ottoman mediation of knowledge, tolerance and cannibalism in Dutch Brazil, and Poland in the global Republic of Letters.

Michael earned his AM and PhD in History from Harvard University in 2014 and his BA and MAT from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He has received research fellowships and grants from Fulbright (IIE/U.S. State Department), Villa I Tatti, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays (U.S. Department of Education). Michael has also been awarded the Carl S. Meyer Prize for Best Paper by a Young Scholar at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Fort Worth, TX in 2012 and the Best Paper at the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) in 2015. Recently, Michael held a visiting fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) as a member of the Descartes theme group “Knowledge and the City, c. 1450-1800.”