Margaret Meserve

Vice President and Associate Provost for Academic Space and Support

Vice President and Associate Provost for Academic Space and Support
300G Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-0108

Margaret Meserve is vice president and associate provost for academic space and support. In this role, she works closely with the University architect, development, and academic leaders to plan and manage new construction projects and the renovation of academic spaces both on and off campus. Her portfolio also includes the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Meserve was appointed to her current role in July 2023. She previously served as senior director of academic space in the office of the provost. From 2015–21, she was associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters. Meserve also serves as Arts and Letters director of the Glynn Family Honors Program and Glynn Family Collegiate Professor of History.

A historian of the Italian Renaissance, Meserve studies the history of printing, humanist culture, and the papacy in the 15th and 16th centuries. She is the author of the award-winning Papal Bull: Print, Propaganda, and Politics in Renaissance Rome (Johns Hopkins, 2021), which surveys how the popes used the press to publish news, propaganda, and disinformation in the early decades after Gutenberg. Her previous book, Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought (Harvard, 2008), surveyed the ways Renaissance historians explained the rise and fall of Islamic empires, especially that of the Ottoman Turks. She is currently working on a multivolume translation of the Commentaries of Pope Pius II, the only pope ever to write his autobiography while sitting on the papal throne. At Notre Dame, she teaches courses on the Italian Renaissance, the history of Rome, and the history of the book.

Meserve earned her BA in Classics at Harvard and an MA and Ph.D. in Renaissance history from the Warburg Institute of the University of London. She has won fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, and the Newberry Library in Chicago. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.