Dr Stefan Halikowski-Smith

Dr Stefan Halikowski-Smith

Associate Professor, History

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602392

Research Links

Office - 136
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Stefan was trained in Portuguese overseas history on the Vasco da Gama Programme (1993-8) financed by the Portuguese government at the Istituto Europeo Universitario in Fiesole, Italy. He has lectured at the Central European University in Budapest (1998-2000) and at Brown University in the USA (2001-4). He has published four books and over fifty articles. He loves reading in European languages!

Areas Of Expertise

  • Early modern trading empires
  • Early modern global history
  • Catholic Europe, especially Portugal
  • Missionary written culture
  • Eurasian spice trade
  • Plant history.

Career Highlights


Portugal Índico: sources and critical essays on the Portuguese presence in South Asia in the colonial period, Special Issue of Itinerario, 2007; Creolization and Diaspora in the Portuguese Indies, the Social World of Ayutthaya, 1640-1720 (Brill, 2010); Reinterpreting Indian Ocean Worlds (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011); Two Missionary Accounts of Southeast Asia in the late seventeenth century (Amsterdam University Press, 2019).

Award Highlights

Scuolodi Publications Subvention, 2006; Egypt exploration Society Grant, 2006-7; Gladys Kreble Delmas award, 2013, 2018; 3rd prize in the Debrecen University Hungarian language essay-writing competition for foreigners "Mit jelent számomra a magyar kultúra?", 2017.


Erasmus teaching mobility participation, at Universidade Nova de Portugal in 2009 and 2018; Karl Franzens Uni Graz 2013, 2015, 2016; Sveučiliste Zadar, 2019; between October 2020-February 2021, I am wykładowca wizytujący at the Instytut Historiczny, Warsaw University, where I will deliver 60 hours of lecturing, address a doctoral seminar and give a public lecture.