dr. M.K. Williams
Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. in Early Modern European History from Columbia University in 2009 for her dissertation "Dangerous Diplomacy and Dependable Kin: Transformations in Central European Statecraft, 1526-1540". Her dissertation research in Vienna, Budapest, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Berlin, and Brussels was generously funded by Whiting Foundation (2007-08), Mellon Interdisciplinary (2007-08), Fulbright-Hays (2006-07), Ernst Mach (2006), German Marshall (2005) and Columbia University fellowships. She subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Study in New York and was nominated an American Council of Learned Societies-Mellon Early Career Fellow at the Heyman Center for the Humanities in New York prior to taking up her current position at the University of Groningen.
In 2012 Dr. Williams began a research project funded by the Dutch NWO to examine paper's role in the shift from largely oral to largely written diplomatic practices in early modern Europe, ca.1460-1560. This project concluded with a large conference (The Politics of Paper in the Early Modern World: http://politicsofpaper.wixsite.com/politicsofpaper and with a major museum exhibition and exhibition catalogue: http://www.gridgroningen.nl/exposities/papier-ontvouwd-groningers-en-hun-papier/ ). Dr. Williams is currently working on editing the Politics of Paper conference proceedings and on writing a monograph on the importance of paper in early modern diplomacy.
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