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Dr. Christine Petto

Christine M. Petto

History Department Chair

Office:  EN C205B
Phone: 203-392-5612


PhD, Indiana University
MA, Indiana University
BA, Boston University


Monograph: Mapping and Charting in early modern England and France: Power, Patronage, and Production (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015)

Monograph: When France was King of Cartography: The Patronage and Production of Maps in Early Modern France (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007)

Article: “‘Notorious Abuse,’ ‘Traditious Ignorance,’ and ‘Ambitious Incroachment’ in Seventeenth-century Dutch, English, and French maps of North America,” Cartographica, forthcoming. 

Article: “To Know the Distance: Wayfinding and Roadmaps of early modern England and France,” Cartographica 51, no. 4(2016): 240-262.

Article: “Mapping Forbidden Places and Places of the Forbidden in Early Modern London and Paris,” Environment, Space, and Place 2, no. 1 (2010): 35-60.

Article: “Playing the Feminine Card: Women of the Early Modern Map Trade,” Cartographica 44, no. 2(2009): 67-81.

Article: “From l’etat c’est moi to l’etat c’est l’etat: Mapping in Early Modern France,” Cartographica 40, no. 3(2006): 53-78.

Chapter: “Women and Enlightenment: Women as Producers and Consumers of Maps, 1650-1800,” in History of Cartography, vol. 4, eds. Matthew Edney and Mary Sponberg Pedley (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) forthcoming 2019.

Chapter: “Semblance of Sovereignty: Cartographic Possession in Map Cartouches and Atlas Frontispieces of Early Modern Europe,” in Symbolic Landscapes, eds. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, (New York: Springer Press, 2009)

Chapter: “Mapping the World for God and Profit: The Global Vision of Early Modern Cartography,” in Colonial and Global Interfacings: Imperial Hegemonies and Democritizing Resistences, eds. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007)

Chapter: “Enlightenment Geography & Local Mapping Initiatives: From the Office to the Field, 1700-1815,” in Ecoscapes: Geographical Patternings of Relations, eds. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006)


Early Modern Europe, France, England, History of Cartography, History of Science


HIS 100: Western Civilization I
HIS 200: Historical Methods & Materials
HIS 202: European History through Film
HIS 231: England from Romans to Cromwell
HIS 247: Early Modern France
HIS 304: Renaissance and Reformation
HIS 307: Europe in the 17th Century
HIS 308: Europe in the 18th Century
HIS 373: Bourbons, Revolution and Napoleon: France 1789-1870
HIS 438: The Evolution of Science to 1900
HIS 485: Seminar in History
HIS 587: The French Revolution and Napoleon
HIS 589: Romance, Reformation, and Regicide in early modern England