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Gregory W. Murry Ph.D.

Gregory Murry

Director of Academic Programming / Department Chair / Associate Professor

Department of History
Greg Murry, Ph.D., came to the Mount in 2010 from Pennsylvania State University. He is an historian of early modern Europe with areas of research interests including Renaissance Florence and the relationship between religion and politics. He currently serves as the coordinator of the core Imagination and Invention requirement.

Ph.D., Penn State University

M.A., Penn State University

B.A., University of Saint Thomas

Class of 1964 Monsignor Tinder Professorship, 2013-2017

"Mount Saint Mary's Class of 1950" Service Award, 2013

Fellowship: Mellon Dissertation Seminar: European Expansion, Catholic Missions, and the Early Modern World, Summer 2009

Fulbright Fellowship Research Grant to Italy, Fall 2007 to Spring 2008

Fellowship, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State, Fall 2008

Center for Early Modern Studies at Penn State Essay Contest, Honorable Mention

Graduate Studies Dissertation Support Award, Fall 2008

Pencak Fellowship for pre-dissertation research, 2006

University Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, 2004-2005, Non-service fellowship

Graduate Scholar Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2006

Italian Renaissance, Modern Mexico, Early Modern Europe, Historically Based Games


The Medicean Succession: Monarchy and Sacral Politics in Duke Cosimo dei Medici's Florence. Harvard University Press, Villa I Tatti Series, Spring 2014.

Divine Right and the Consent of the People in Sixteenth-Century Europe. In progress.


"Anti-Machiavellianism and Roman Civil Religion in the Princely Literature of Sixteenth-Century Europe" in Sixteenth Century Journal, 2014.

"Tears of the Indians or Superficial Conversion? Jose Acosta, the Black Legend, and Spanish Evangelization in the New World," The Catholic Historical Review 99 no. 1 (Jan. 2013).

"Cardinals, Inquisitors, and Jesuits: Curial Patronage and Counter-Reformation in Cosimo I's Florence." Renaissance and Reformation/ Renaissance et Réforme Vol. 32 No. 1 (Winter 2009).