Marcy Norton

Marcy Norton

Associate Professor of History
Phillips Hall 309
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-3405
[email protected]

Marcy Norton teaches courses on European, Latin American, and Atlantic History, as well as thematic courses on human-animal relationships and historical methodologies. Her research focuses on the Spanish World in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the entangled histories of Native Americans and Europeans on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the author of Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (Cornell University Press, 2008), which won the best book award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Her current project is a history of human-animal relationships in the early modern Atlantic world (under contract with Harvard University Press).  She has been awarded fellowships by the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, the Huntington Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2000.


"Tasting Empire: Chocolate and the European Internalization of Mesoamerican Aesthetics." The American Historical Review 111 (June 2006): 660-691. Translated in Revista de Estudios Sociales 29 (April 2008): 42-69.

Classes Taught

Hist 1110: European Civilization in Its World Context to 1715
Hist 3150: Spain and its Empire, 1492-1715
Hist 6105: European Intellectual History
Hist 6120: Early Modern European History