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Valentina Kiyoko Tikoff

  • Associate Professor
  • ​​​Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington

  • History
  • Faculty
  • ​early modern Europe, specifically the eighteenth century; children/youth, family, and gender; Spain

  • 773-325-1570
  • SAC 414


​Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington​


Dr. Tikoff researches the social history of early modern Spain, with special attention to the histories of children and family as they intersected with charitable, philanthropic, and state-sponsored social welfare programs. She is particularly interested in how individuals and organizations that provided or received "relief" were enmeshed in imperial and international contexts of the eighteenth century, a topic that she has explored, for example, in “Spanish Orphans, British Prisoners, and the American Revolution: Warfare, Social Welfare, and Technical Training" (Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 2018). Other research has appeared in publications including The Journal of Early Modern HistoryEighteenth-Century StudiesInternational Journal of Maritime History, Dieciocho, and edited volumes on the history of children, youth, and family. Dr. Tikoff also has been known to jump across the Atlantic (and beyond the Spanish-speaking world) to explore tantalizing research leads, as in her chapter "Equiano as Role Model for African American Children: Abigail Field Mott's Life and Adventures of Olaudah Equiano and White Northern Abolitionism," in Who Writes for Black Children?  African American Children's Literature before 1900, eds. Katharine Capshaw and Anna Mae Duane (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). Dr. Tikoff's current research projects focus on charity children and youth in Seville, Spain (1680-1830) and charity dowries and their recipients in early modern Spain and colonial Latin America. 


Dr. Tikoff teaches classes in early modern European history, both surveys and specific topics, including witchcraft, the age of Enlightenment, and the French Revolution;  Atlantic and world history; women's and gender history; the histories of children, youth, and the family; and historiography, historical methods, and research practicum courses.​