Student / Alumni
Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy is an historian of early modern European architecture and visual culture in the second year of the PhD program for History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT.  Her work to date has examined how the religious politics of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation were negotiated in the built environment, artistic production, antiquarianism, and historiography in England and Italy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Still invested in the wide-ranging political and cultural implications of reform and the confessionalization that resulted, her new work explores how nascent territorial states in late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century Europe used infrastructural projects to manage environments and natural resources, especially water.  She is interested in the political, economic, scientific, and juridical rhetoric that accrued around these initiatives, and in how these projects reflected new ideas about humanity’s relationship to the natural world and the spiritual realm.  Caroline’s research has been supported by the Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Fellowship, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the MIT Science and Technology Initiatives, among other sources.  She holds a SMArchS degree from MIT (2016), and a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Toronto (2014).

2016 SMArchS Thesis: "Fact and Sanctity: Authenticating Laudianism in the English Monasticon Anglicanum's Architectural Prints (1655)" (thesis prize)