Department of History

Michael Martoccio

Michael Paul Martoccio, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of History

COLU 2053

Work : (719) 255-4070

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Michael Paul Martoccio (Ph.D. Northwestern, 2015) is an economic, legal, and political historian of pre-modern Europe, with a particular interest in the role of inter-city cooperation in shaping the governments, markets, and mentalities of Europe’s cites, particularly the Italian, German, Swiss, and Flemish city-states. His projects use archival evidence as well as comparative historical sociology and international relations.

Areas of Interest

Michael's current book project, Trust Thy Neighbor: International Cooperation and the Renaissance State, uncovers how inter-city cooperation shaped one of the most important political events of pre-modern Europe: the emergence of the Italian city-states from 1300-1500. Using documents from five Italian cities (Arezzo, Florence, Lucca, Perugia, and Siena), this study explores a number of different sites of inter-city collaboration including the joint-rule of small towns by groups of cities, the expansion of urban citizenship to feudal lords, and the creation of leagues of cities to oppose dangerous bands of mercenaries.

His other projects include a study of the market for castles, lordships, and abbeys from 1250-1650 across Italy and Germany as well as a comparative analysis of the military and economic effectiveness of city-leagues on both sides of the Alps.

His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Newberry Library, the Renaissance Society of America, the Center for Historical Research at The Ohio State University, and the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University. He has published in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History and has two essays appearing in upcoming volumes published by Cambridge University Press and the University of Toronto Press.

Michael teaches courses in medieval/early modern European and Mediterranean history, Renaissance history, and the history of city-states and state formation. He also teaches courses in International Relations and Economic history.


Michael holds a Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University with a minor specialization in International Relations, an M.A. in History from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in History and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Duke University (magna cum laude). He is currently the 2015-2016 Chabraja/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University.

Courses Taught

Fall 2016

  • HIST 1020: Medieval World
  • HIST 3000: Soldiers for Cross & Crescent
  • HIST 6690: Graduate Readings in Medieval History

Spring 2017

  • HIST 1030: Rise of Modern Europe, 1500-1815
  • HIST 3000: Western Economic History, 1200-1800
  • HIST 3000: The Medieval City
  • HIST 7690: Graduate Research in Medieval History