Daniel Stolzenberg

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1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., History, Stanford University, 2004
  • M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, 1998
  • B.A., History, UC Berkeley, 1995


Daniel Stolzenberg is a historian of knowledge, specializing in early modern Europe. In addition to his primary appointment in the History Department, he is affiliated with the program in Science and Technology Studies and is a member of the Graduate Group in the Study of Religion. He co-directs the UC Davis Early Science Workshop.

This page is about the the contemporary American historian. For the seventeenth-century Bohemian alchemist-poet, see Daniel Stolz von Stolzenberg.

Research Focus

Professor Stolzenberg studies the history of science and scholarship from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Although his research ranges across Western Europe, he has a particular interest in Rome and Italy. His book Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity won the ACHA Marraro Prize for Italian History and was named a notable book of 2013 by Gizmodo. His next book, The Holy Office in the Republic of Letters, will look at scientific communication and religious conflict in the seventeenth century by investigating secret collaborations between Dutch booksellers and the Roman Inquisition.


Stolzenberg, D. (2013) Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity, University of Chicago Press.

Stolzenberg, D. (2019) "The Holy Office in the Republic of Letters: Roman Censorship, Dutch Atlases, and the European Information Order, circa 1660," Isis 110:1, 1–23.

Stolzenberg, D. (2016) “A Spanner and His Works: Books, Letters, and Scholarly Communication Networks in Early Modern Europe,” in For the Sake of Learning: Essays in Honor of Anthony Grafton (Eds.) Blair and Goeing, Leiden: Brill, 157–172.

Stolzenberg, D. (2013) "Athanasius Kircher and the Hieroglyphic Sphinx," Public Domain Review.

Stolzenberg, D. (2012) "John Spencer and the Perils of Sacred Philology," Past and Present 214: 129–163.


Professor Stolzenberg teaches courses on early modern European and world history, the history of science and technology, intellectual history, and history of religion.


  • Howard R. Marraro Prize for best book in Italian History, American Catholic Historical Association, 2014
  • University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2013–14
  • Hellman Fellow, 2010-2011