Micaela Kowalski

Field & Specialties

Early Modern Europe
Religion and the Reformation
Visual Culture
Global and Transregional History


Ph.D. Candidate, the University of Virginia 

M.A. History, the University of Virginia (May 2018) 

B.A. History and Minor in Visual Fine Arts, Mount St. Mary's University (May 2016)

Passed qualifying exams in the following three fields: Early Modern Europe, Global History from 1492, and Prints and Printmaking in Early Modern Europe (May 2018) 


Micaela Kowalski is a Ph.D. candidate in Early Modern European history, specializing in religion and visual culture in German-speaking Europe. Her dissertation focuses on linking visual culture in the Reformation with European encounters in the New World. She is advised by Dr. Erin Lambert. 

Current Research

Dissertation in progress: "Between God and the Devil: Diabolic Representations of the New World in Reformation Europe, 1492-1648"

Awards & Honors

Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Virginia (Spring 2020)

NEH Summer Seminar Scholar, Newberry Library, Chicago IL (Summer 2019) 

UVA Rare Book School Fellow (2018-2019)

Lilly Graduate Fellow, Nineth Cohort (2016-2019) 

Courses Taught

Spring 2019: Reformation Europe (Teaching Assistant) 

Fall 2018: The Rise of Christianity (Teaching Assistant) 

Spring 2018: Supernatural Europe (Teaching Assistant) 

Fall 2017: Early African History through the Era of the Slave Trade (Teaching Assistant)