Daniel Hershenzon

Assistant Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

University of Connecticut

My research focuses on the history of early modern Spain and the Mediterranean, the relations between the Spanish Monarchy and North Africa, slavery and captivity, cultural intermediaries, conversion, and writing and its uses. More particularly, I examine three inter-related themes: (1) maritime networks formed by corsairs, captive-redeemers, spies, renegades and merchants and the links they formed between Spain and the Maghrib, (2) the political attempts of the rulers of Spain, Algiers and Morocco to shape Mediterranean structures of mobility, and (3) the commerce and circulation of books and libraries, relics and religious images, animals and “exotic” objects across the Mediterranean.