Dr Melissa Calaresu

  • College positions:
    Deputy Senior Tutor (Postgraduates)
    Neil McKendrick Lecturer in History
    Director of Studies in History
    Director of Studies in History and Modern Languages
    Postgraduate Tutor
  • University positions:
    Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History
    Co-Convenor of the Early Modern Worlds Workshop and Seminar
    Co-Convenor the Eighteenth Century Seminar
  • Subjects: History History and Modern Languages History and Politics

On sabbatical 2023-24


BA (Hons.) in History (Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Canada), M.A. in History (Queen’s University, Canada), PhD in History (Cantab), Commonwealth Scholar, 1990-1994

Research interests

Early modern cultural history of Europe, with a special emphasis on Naples and southern Italy, and the Grand Tour. Urban and food history.

Publications include 


Recent public engagement

Teaching interests

Early modern and modern European history (1500-1850), history of collecting, history of material culture, and history of food.