Julia Miglets

Julia Miglets is a PhD candidate in history at Northwestern. Her research focuses on late medieval and early modern Italy, and her interests include sanctity, female spirituality, and the role of material culture in medieval and early modern religion. She holds an M.A. in history from Northwestern, and a B.A. with honors (magna cum laude) in history and medieval and Renaissance studies from Washington and Lee University.

Julia’s dissertation uses a series of case studies of local Italian holy women – Villana delle Botti in Florence, Caterina Vigri and Elena Duglioli in Bologna, and Francesca Romana in Rome – to explore the phenomenon of saintly contagion, or the transfer of sanctity from one person to another. She argues that religious men used the saintly contagion of these holy women to promote conciliarist agendas of reform in response to the growth of papal oversight in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Her project emphasizes the interactions between quotidian religious culture as expressed through the cults of saints, and the politics of religious reform in Italy.