Nathan Perry



  • Early Modern England
  • Early Modern Europe
  • World History
  • European Thought
  • History of Science

Contact Information

  • Office: Bldg. 116, Rm. 115
  • Telephone: 805-756-6452
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  • PhD, Early Modern England, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Early Modern Europe, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA, History & Philosophy, University of California, Davis

Courses Taught

  • Hist 111: Western Civilization: Reformation to the Present
  • Hist 222: World History, 1000-1800
  • Hist 225: The World at War
  • Hist 223: World History, 1800-Present
  • Hist 306: The Witch-Hunts in Europe, 1400-1800
  • Hist 307: European Thought, 1800-2000
  • Hist 350: The Scientific Revolution, 1500-1800
  • Hist 354: The History of Network Technology
  • Hist 441: Topics and Issues in European History
  • Hist 452: Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • Hist 453: Religious Wars and Absolutism
  • Hist 506: The Scientific Revolution, 1200-1800

Research and Teaching Interests

My research and teaching interests lie in the intersection of politics, religion, and culture.  While my primary research and teaching field is in Tudor and Stuart England and Early Modern European history, I teach courses in world, regional, and scientific history.  The interdisciplinary nature of my research and interests strongly influences  my teaching; I tend to focus on political, religious, philosophical, and ideological concepts in order to better understand and help explain the past.  I am currently revising and expanding my dissertation, which examines the ways in which different factions manipulated the rituals and rhetoric of royal ceremonial occasions at the court of James I & VI of England toward their own political and ideological ends.


“Ritual, Law, and Faction at the Early Stuart Court: Chapman’s Memorable Maske and the Palatine Wedding.” The Court Historian 26, no. 1 (2021):58-70


“Law and Virtue: Monarchical Ideology in Jacobean Court Ceremonial” Monarchy and Modernity Conference, University of Cambridge, January 2019

“Scepter and Throne: Thomas Bilson’s Coronation Sermon for James I & VI” Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies, UC Merced, March 2019

“‘Armes and arts sustaine each others right’: Ben Jonson, Samuel Daniel, and Jacobean Royal Policy" Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, March 2019

Dissertation Title

"The Politics of Spectacle: Ideology and Ambition in Jacobean Court Ceremonies"


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