Corey Tazzara

Associate Professor of History
Chair, Department of History

Department: History
Office Address: Humanities 203
Office Phone: (909) 607-9015
Personal Website:
Corey Tazzara

Academic History

  • Ph.D., History, Stanford University (2011)
  • B.S. Foreign Service, summa cum laude, International, History, Georgetown University (2004)

Areas of Expertise

Early modern Italy and the Mediterranean: economic history, political history, and material culture.

Selected Research and Publications

Book Projects

  • The Free Port of Livorno and the Transformation of the Mediterranean World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • (with Jacob Soll and Paula Findlen, eds.) Florence after the Medici: Tuscan Enlightenment, 1737-1790. In progress. Under contract with Routledge Press. Likely publication date in 2019 or 2020.


  • The Masterpiece of the Medici: Commerce, Politics, and the Making of the Free Port of Livorno.


Research Articles

  • “Port of Trade or Commodity Market? Livorno and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Mediterranean.” In progress, for a special edition of The Business History Review on Italian capitalism, edited by Sophus Reinert and Bob Fredona.
  • “Managing Free Trade in Early Modern Europe: Institutions, Information, and the Free Port of Livorno.” The Journal of Modern History, 85, 3: 493-529 (September, 2014).

Book Chapters

  • “Maintaining Religious Boundaries in Italy during the Age of Free Trade, 1550-1750." In Jews and the Mediterranean World, eds. Jessica Marglin and Matthias Lehman. In progress. Forthcoming, Indiana University Press.
  • (with Paula Findlen), "Introduction: Tuscany and Enlightenment in the Atlantic World," in Florence after the Medici: Tuscan Enlightenment, 1737-1790, ed. Corey Tazzara, Paula Findlen, and Jacob Soll. Under contract with Routledge Press.
  • "'Poisonous Weeds': Commercial Crisis in Livorno and the Remaking of the Tuscan Hinterland," in Florence after the Medici: Tuscan Enlightenment, 1737-1790, ed. Corey Tazzara, Paula Findlen, and Jacob Soll. Under contract with Routledge Press.
  • “Capitalism and the Special Economic Zone, 1590-2014.” New Perspectives on Political Economy, ed. Sophus Reinert and Robert Fredona (Palgrave, 2018), 75-103.
  • “Against the Fisc and Justice: State Formation, Market Development, and Customs Fraud in Seventeenth-Century Liguria,” in The Routledge History of the Renaissance, ed. William Caferro (Routledge, 2017), 358-372.
  • “La gestione della Dogana nel primo seicento,” in La città delle nazioni: Livorno e i limiti del cosmopolitismo (1566-1834), eds. Andrea Addobbati and Marcella Aglietti (Pisa University Press, 2017), 219-236.
  • “Capricious Demands: Artisanal Goods, Business Strategies, and Consumer Behavior in Seventeenth-Century Florence,” in Early Modern Things: Objects and their Histories, ed. Paula Findlen (Routledge, 2013), 204-224.


  • (with Brad Bouley and Paula Findlen) of Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Originally: Il gusto delle cose. Storia degli oggetti nella Roma del Seicento (Laterza, 2006).

Awards and Honors

  • Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award (Research) (2018)
  • Renaissance Society of America Summer Research Grant (2015)
  • Harper Fellowship, Society of Fellows, University of Chicago (2011-13)
  • Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfield Dissertation Prize, Stanford University (2012)
  • Giles M. Whiting Fellowship (2010-11)
  • Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship (2010-11)
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow, Italy (2008-09)
  • State Department Critical Language Scholarship, Turkey (2008)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2004)
  • Dean's Medal, Georgetown University (2004)

Courses Taught

  • Core I: Community (2016, 2017)
  • Core II: The Self and the Origins of the State in the Western World (2014, 2015)
  • Proseminar: What is History? The Rise and Fall of the Atlantic World - Scripps History 180 (2016)
  • The First Age of Globalization (HIST 109)
  • The Worlds of Niccolò Machiavelli (HIST 111)
  • Venice and the Islamic East (HIST 113)
  • The Renaissance on the Margins: Gender, Slavery, and Heresy, 1400-1700 - Scripps History 114 (2016)
  • Capitalism in the Renaissance (HIST 117)
  • The History of Economic Thought - Scripps History 197c (2017)
  • Individual and Society - Scripps History 90 (with Andrew Aisenberg, Scripps) (2015)
  • Dante and the Medieval World - Scripps History 107 (with Giulio Pertile, CMC) (2015)
  • Rethinking Radicalism - Scripps History 197g (with William Barndt, Pitzer) (2017)

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