Tommaso Astarita


Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies


Department of History
General profile


+1 202-687-5860


621 ICC

Office hours

Spring 2017: TR 10:30-12; F 10-11; and by appointment. Special hours in several weeks, posted on office door, ICC 621.


I was born and raised in Naples, Italy. In 1983 I came to the United States to pursue my doctoral work, which I finished in 1988. I taught for one year at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Since 1989 I have taught at Georgetown, where I am now Professor of History, and currently also Director of Undergraduate Studies.
My research has focused on the social and economic history of early modern Italy, especially the South. I teach European history at the survey level, and the Renaissance and early modern periods at the upper level. I have developed and taught courses on the Renaissance, Italian history, Iberian history, European historiography, music and theater in early modern Europe, the development of individuality in European culture, the city of Rome, and European society and culture in the eighteenth century. In 2013 I am part of the pilot group for a new general education course in History.


  • Ph.D. (1988) The Johns Hopkins University, History
  • M. A. (1985) The Johns Hopkins University, History
  • Laurea in Lettere Moderne (1983) Università degli Studi di Napoli, Lettere Moderne/Storia


  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Italian (speak, read, write)
  • Latin (read)
  • Spanish (read)