Erin Rowe ‘96
In 2005 Erin earned a Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University in early modern Spanish history. For her dissertation, sheconducted research throughout Spain, spending an entire year there, thanks to a Fulbright grant. She lived mostly in Madrid, but also worked in Seville, Cordoba, and Santiago de Compostela.
After jobs at the University of Oregon, the University of Virginia, she’s now returned to Baltimore as an assistant professor of History at JHU. Her book Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain was published in 2011.
The connection to her education as a History major at Washington College is, on the one hand, obvious. But, as Erin notes, her study of the liberal arts also prepared her in ways she didn’t expect—both as an historian, and as a person. She learned how to understand the ways the past informs the present, how the dynamics of the globalizing world emerged and took shape, how to assess evidence, how to craft a persuasive argument, and how to think critically about the masses of information with which we are inundated every way.
Erin writes, “Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am that my job takes me to such wonderful places. I can sit in the archive in the cathedral in Cordoba, behind locked doors where the public isn’t allowed, and touch sixteenth and seventeenth-century manuscripts. And when the archives are closed, I get to wander around beautiful European cities, eating fantastic food.”