M W F 10:00-11:00 a.m., Or by appointment
World History, Mediterranean History, (Comparative) Iberian History, Civic and Royal Festivals, Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Dr. Morera spent half his growing years in Spain, and half of them in Texas. Thus, he considers himself to be "half paella, and half chicken-fried steak," and his dual identity has shaped his approach to history. He completed his Master's at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Alison Frazier, and his PhD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, under the direction of Carla Rahn Phillips and William D. Phillips, Jr.--two Spanish historians of world renown.
Dr. Morera is an enthusiastic teacher who wants his students to acquire not only content knowledge, but also an appreciation for history and research. He has broad academic interests, including World History, Spanish History, ritual and ceremony, gender, and performativity. He is currently designing courses on Death and Dying in Renaissance Europe and Medieval Spain. His research primarily focuses on social and cultural history, although it incorporates discussions and methods from a variety of other fields and disciplines, including art history, psychology, gender theory, and economic history. His dissertation (Cities and Sovereigns: Ceremonial Receptions of Iberia as Viewed from Below, 1350-1550) provides a reassessment of the relationship between cities and sovereigns, as seen through the lens of ceremonial receptions of royalty. Rather than approach these ceremonies from the traditional perspective of royal "propaganda", this project views them from below. By employing cost-benefit analysis, along with copious data from a dozen municipal archives (as a corrective to royally-sponsored narrative chronicles), the study is able to assess what ceremonial receptions meant to the cities and their hinterlands in terms of economic realities, administrative capacity, social impact, and micro-politics. The new dynamic model of the city-sovereign relationship it advances has implications for the colonial and dynastic projects in Europe and Early America.