Graduate Fellow, 2021-22
Sam Roberts is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and after receiving his B.A. in History from Hillsdale College in 2019 he joined the Notre Dame History Ph.D. program in 2020. Sam is interested in the intellectual culture of early modern Europe and intends to study the ways in which Florentine Platonism influenced mid-sixteenth-century scholarship, ranging from early histories of philosophy to studies in natural magic and alchemy. Sam hopes to examine how intellectuals and missionaries of this period used narratives of "ancient theology" and "barbarian wisdom" to orient their understanding of indigenous cultures in the Americas and East Asia.