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Bryan Givens Faculty Profile

Bryan Givens

Associate Professor of History
History Program Coordinator
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 103c


  • PhD, Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • MA, Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
  • BA, Spanish, Texas Tech University, 1996


Published Research

  • Judging Maria de Macedo: A Female Visionary and the Inquisition in Early Modern Portugal. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011.
  • "The Declinación of the Hidden One: Encubertismo During the Reigns of the Later Spanish Habsburgs." In Constructing Iberian Identities, 1000-1700. Ed. by T.W. Barton, M.A. Kelleher, and A.M. Zaldivar (Turnhout: Brepols, 2022). 107-120.
  • "'All Things to All Men': Political Messianism in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Spain." In Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Teofilo Ruiz. Abingdon-on-Thames: Ashgate, 2017. 58-70.
  • "The St. Paul of Sebastianism: Tracing the Millenarian Legacy of Dom João de Castro," Portuguese Studies Review 17, no. 1 (March 2010): 1-20.
  • "Sebastianism in Theory and Practice in Early Modern Portugal." In Braudel Revisited: The Mediterranean World, 1600-1800. Eds. Teofilo Ruiz, Geoffrey Symcox, and Gabriel Piterberg. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Las oraciones censuradas, by Marcela Londoño. Renaissance Quarterly 71, no. 3 (Fall 2021).
  • Review of Baptism, Brotherhood, and Belief in Reformation Germany: Anabaptism and Lutheranism, 1525-1585, by Kat Hill. Stone-Campbell Journal 20, no. 1 (Spring 2017).
  • Review of Power and Corruption in the Early Modern Portuguese World, by Erik Lars Myrup. In Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 40, no. 1 (2015).
  • Review of The Persecution of the Jews and Muslims of Portugal: King Manuel I and the End of Religious Tolerance (1496-7), by François Soyer. In the ASPHS Bulletin 38, no 1 (2013).
  • Glazer Institute Teaching Grant for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University, 2011
  • Fulbright Researcher, Portugal, 2001-2002
  • Robert I. Burns Lecturer in Iberian History, UCLA, 2003
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies


  • Early Modern Popular Religion
  • Early Modern Social and Cultural History
  • Early Modern Spain and Portugal
  • Millenarianism and Messianism
  • The Inquisition


  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Spanish History
  • The European Witch-Hunt