Carlos Eire, Professor of History and Religious Studies

Previous Episodes


May 13, 2015
Guest: Julia Stephens, Assistant Professor of History
Subject: Governing Islam: Law and Secularism in Colonial South Asia


May 6, 2015
Guest: Margaret Peters, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Subject: Immigration in the era of globalization.


April 29, 2015
Guest: David Jackson, Professor of Portuguese
Subject: Machado de Assis: A Literary Life


Archive: April 8, 2015
Guest: Michael Reed-Hurtado, Coca-Cola World Fund Faculty Fellow at Yale
Subject: Transitional justice in Colombia


April 1, 2015
Guest: Emma Sky, Jackson Institute Senior Fellow
Subject: The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq



Episode: October 22, 2014


Professor Eire specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of death. He is the author of a number of scholarly books, including War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin; From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain; and A Very Brief History of Eternity. Professor Eire has also ventured into the twentieth century and the Cuban Revolution in his memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States in 2003 and has been translated into more than a dozen languages – but is banned in Cuba. His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami, published in 2010, explores his boyhood exile experience. We talk with Carlos Eire about what it’s like to write two very different kinds of history.

Learn more about Carlos Eire.