Student / Alumni
Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy is an historian of early modern European architecture and visual culture in the fourth year of the PhD program for History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT. Her research examines infrastructure, environmental planning, and political economy in late Renaissance Italy, with a current focus on Florence and its dominions during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Caroline's dissertation project, provisionally titled "Waters and Wealth: Navigation, Infrastructure, and Political Economy in Grand Ducal Tuscany, ca. 1550–1610," studies the Tuscan state's attempts to control aqueous territories and infrastructures to connect its capital to the Mediterranean Sea and, if however briefly, to the Atlantic world. Secondary interests include religious antiquarianism and material culture in Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, and the historiography of the Renaissance.

Caroline’s research at MIT is supported by a Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Fellowship. She is also a doctoral fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017–21) and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut (2019–2021), and has received grants from MIT's Department of Architecture, Science and Technology initiatives, and Graduate Student Council, 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)



Areas of Interest
Economic Development, Environmental Planning and Management, Historiography, History and Theory of Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Landscape, Law and Policy