Primary Department
School of History and Geography
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
History & Geography
Celeste McNamara
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPD D314

Academic biography

Celeste McNamara is a historian of early modern Europe. She specialises in early modern Italy, the history of the Catholic Church, gender, and the history of crime. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL USA (2013). Before coming to DCU, she taught at the State University of New York at Cortland, University of Warwick/Warwick in Venice, and the College of William and Mary. 

Dr McNamara is the author of The Bishop's Burden: Reforming the Catholic Church in Early Modern Italy (CUA Press, 2020), and a number of articles and book chapters. She is currently working on the history of the control of illicit sexuality in 16th-18th century Venice by both ecclesiastical and secular powers, with funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. 

Research interests

Early Modern Europe

Early Modern Italy

Catholic Reform

Crime and Punishment

Gender History

Religious History

Popular Culture

Venice and the Veneto