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The Global Early Modern Studies Certificate Program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, brings students and faculty from the participating Ph.D programs together through courses, events, and participation in organizations to share and enhance common interests in the Renaissance and Early Modern period through cross-disciplinary contact.

GEMS is designed to enable students pursuing doctorates in any Graduate Center Ph.D. program in any aspect of the Renaissance or Early Modern period (c. 1350-1700) to expand their studies in an interdisciplinary way.

The courses are offered in a broad range of areas including European literature and history, early modern colonialism, gender and sexuality, the transmission of the Greek and Latin classics, Atlantic history, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and the Global Renaissance. All students are trained in how to work with early modern manuscripts and printed books and have hands on experience at the New York Public Library’s Rare Books Collection and the Morgan Library.

Participating CUNY Ph.D. Programs

Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, History, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre.


The Certificate in Global Early Modern Studies is available to students matriculated in Ph.D. programs at The Graduate Center. For admission to The Graduate Center, please see

Students already at The Graduate Center, or planning to attend, should contact the program coordinator.

Students enrolled in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies have the option of choosing the Global Early Modern Studies concentration. Please visit the program webpage here for information on the degree requirements for the Global Early Modern Studies track.  For information on admission to the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies, please visit the webpage for prospective students.

Global Early Modern Studies​ Certificate Program
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 817-8124


Amanda Wunder

Associate Professor
Graduate Center
Room 3408.07

Phone 212-817-8038

Assistant Program Officer

Rukshana Jalil

Assistant Program Officer
Graduate Center
Room 5110

Phone 212-817-8124