The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Steven Teasdale

Phd Program


I am a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. My research centers on early modern Genoese merchant networks in the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, in particular examining the intersections of slavery, banking, commerce and humanism. I am interested in how Genoese merchants interacted with European, African, and Asian communities within the framework of a moral economy predicated on the exchange of social, material, financial and intellectual capital, illustrating the strong connections between early modern Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds. I am also interested in the digital humanities and am currently working on the DECIMA project with the History department, the development of a database of early modern Genoese merchants with the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rome, and a portal for the digitized versions of the «Rerum Italicarum scriptores» with the ITER gateway team. Away from academia I enjoy spending time with my two young children and becoming lost in the musical thought universe of Anthony Braxton.


  • MA, Queen's University
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto