Caroline Castiglione examines how seemingly marginalized individuals challenged systems of power in Italy during the period 1500-1800. Her book, Patrons and Adversaries, examined how villagers successfully contested urban rule through the strategies of adversarial literacy. She now investigates the intersection of mothering and politics in seventeenth-century Rome. Her studies illuminate how subaltern groups used judicial means to change their position in society and in the family.

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Caroline Castiglione writes about the political and cultural history of early modern Italy (1500-1800). She earned a B.A. in French in 1985 from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1995. Before coming to Brown in 2005, she taught history at the University of Texas at Austin, where she won the first prize awarded for excellence in teaching writing (2003). Her book Patrons and Adversaries: Nobles and Villagers in Italian Politics, 1640-1760 (Oxford, 2005) won the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies in 2005. In addition to her publications on politics in early modern Italy, she has also published articles related to her new project, Accounting for Affection: Mothering and Politics in Rome, 1630-1730, which examines the symbiotic evolution of politics and mothering in early modern Rome, where mothers did not hesitate to turn to the expanding judicial system if the future of their children were at stake. She teaches courses on microhistory, women's history, and law courts in early modern Italy.

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