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Lu Ann Homza

Professor, History

Office: Blair 360
Email: [[lahomz]]
Regional Areas of Research: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Thematic Areas of Research: Cultural/Intellectual, Iberian Empires, Legal, Religion


Lu Ann Homza received her B. A. in History from Scripps College, and  M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago.   She studies the religious, legal, and cultural history of Europe, especially Spain and Italy, between 1300-1650.  Her book, Religious Authority in the Spanish Renaissance, was published in 2000 by The Johns Hopkins University Press, and named by Choice as an outstanding academic book of the year.   She also authored the first English-language, primary source reader on the Spanish Inquisition, published by Hackett in 2006.  Her current book project is revises what we know about one of the most famous witch hunts in European history, which occurred in Spain’s northern kingdom of Navarre in the early seventeenth century.   Its provisional title is Village Infernos and Witches’ Advocates: Witch Hunting in Navarre, 1609-1614.


Selected articles include:

  • “Webs of Conversation and Discernment: Looking for Spiritual Accompaniment in Sixteenth-Century Spain,” under review at The Catholic Historical Review.
  •  “When Witches Litigate: New Evidence from Early Modern Navarre,” forthcoming in The Journal of Modern History.
  •  “Spanish Witch-Hunting, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centurie,” Routledge History of Witchcraft, Johannes Dillinger, ed. Appearing Summer 2018.                                                                             
  •  “Victims as Actors: Accused Men and Women before Inquisitions,” In Inquisitions and Consistories in Early Modern Europe, eds. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau and Charles Parker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.  193-203.
  •  “Local Knowledge and Catholic Reform in Early Modern Spain,” in Reforming Reformation, ed. Thomas Mayer (New York: Routledge, 2016) (first published 2012), pp. 81-102.
  •  “The Merits of Disruption and Tumult: New Scholarship on Spain in the Reformation,” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/Archive for Reformation History 100 (November 2009):212-228.
  •  “The Religious Milieu of Young Ignatius.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, ed. Thomas Worcester (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 13-31.
  •  “How to Harass an Inquisitor-General: the Polyphonic Law of Friar Francisco Ortiz,” in A Renaissance of Conflicts: Visions and Revisions of Law and Society in Italy and Spain, eds. John A. Marino and Thomas Kuehn (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), pp. 297-334.


Prof.  Homza served as the Dean for Educational Policy in William & Mary’s division of Arts & Sciences from 2013-17.   From 2009-2017, she supervised yearly field work by W&M undergraduates in the historical archives of Pamplona, Spain.   Her teaching interests include Western Civilization, the European Renaissance and Reformation, Spain’s Golden Age, heresy, and European historiography.