Cecilia Tarruell is a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy at the Faculty of History, and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. She is also an Associate Researcher at the MFO. Prior to arriving at Oxford, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2015-2016). She received a joint doctorate in early modern history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2015.
Cecilia’s research centres on the Spanish Empire and the analysis of Christian-Islamic interactions in the Mediterranean area during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her current research project focuses on the voluntary arrival and settlement in the territories of the Spanish Empire of Muslim, Jewish and Christian populations coming from the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire and Morocco, most of whom converted to Catholicism as part of the process of migration. By challenging common ideas about the very existence of such phenomena, and conventional representations of the Spanish Empire in historiography as a land of expulsion of religious minorities, this project explores the more complex reality of multiple forms of migration flows connecting Islamic and Christian lands during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.