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Dr Melissa Calaresu

  • College positions:

    Neil McKendrick Lecturer in History

    Director of Studies in History

    Director of Studies in History and Modern Languages

    Undergraduate Tutor

    Discrimination and Harassment Contact

  • University positions:

    Affiliated Lecturer

    Convenor of the Early Modern European Seminar and the Early Modern Worlds Seminar

  • Subject:


BA (Hons.) in History (Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Canada), M.A. in History (Queen’s University, Canada), PhD in History (Cantab), Commonwealth Scholar, 1990-1994

Research interests

Early modern cultural history of Europe, with a special emphasis on Naples and southern Italy, and the Grand Tour, historical writing and food history.

Publications include: 

  • Exploring Cultural History: Essays in Honour of Peter Burke (2010)
  • New Approaches to Naples c.1500–c.1800: The Power of Place (2013)
  • Catalogue for the 2015 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition, Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to Enlightenment (Philip Wilson, 2015)
  • Foodhawkers: Selling in the Streets from Antiquity to the Present Day (forthcoming Routledge)

Teaching interests

Early modern and modern European history (1500-1850), history of collecting, history of material culture.