Travellers and Cosmographers. Studies in the History of Early Modern Travel and Ethnology, Variorum (Ashgate: London, 2007).

Travel and Ethnology in the Renaissance: South India through European Eyes (1250-1625). (Past and Present Publications: Cambridge University Press, 2000).




Europe's New Worlds. Travel Writing and the Origins of the Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press).

Renaissance Methods for Travel, Hakluyt Society, Series III (London).

Misioneros Etnógrafos: entre la Idolatría y la Civilización (Acantilado, forthcoming 2024).

Ethnography, Travel Writing and the Early Modern Global Encounter (forthcoming: Routledge, 2024).

The Global Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2024).




Cosmopolitanism and the Enlightenment, edited by Joan-Pau Rubiés and Neil Safier (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023).

El Códice Boxer: Etnografía Colonial e Hibridismo Cultural en las Islas Filipinas. Editado por Manel Ollé y Joan-Pau Rubiés (Barcelona: Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2019).

Exploring cultural history. Essays in honour of Peter Burke, edited by Melissa Calaresu, Filippo de Vivo and Joan-Pau Rubiés (Ashgate, 2010).

Medieval Ethnographies. European Perceptions of the World Beyond, edited by Joan-Pau Rubiés, 'The Expansion of Latin Europe' vol. 9 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009)




‘Juan González de Mendoza and the European discovery of China', Prologue to Diego Sola, The Chronicler of China Juan González de Mendoza, between Mission, Empire and History (Hakluyt Society Studies in the History of Travel: Routledge, 2024), 1-14.

'Distance and Credibility in Sixteenth-Century Travel Writing: Discovery, Text, and Truth in Varthema, Vespucci, and Pigafetta’, in In Far From the Truth: Distance and Credibility in the Early Modern World, eds. Michiel van Groesen and Johannes Müller (Hakluyt Society Studies in the History of Travel: Routledge, 2023).

‘Sovereignty and democratic legitimacy in Spain: The case of Catalonia’, in Sovereignty in Conflict: Political, Constitutional and Economic Dilemmas in the EU, eds. Julia Rone, Nathalie Brack, et alii. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics, 2023), pp. 67-94.

‘Pietro della Valle: Christian pilgrimage, antiquarianism and cosmopolitanism in the age of the baroque’, Mediterranean Historical Review 38/2 (2023): 221/250.

‘The Jesuit Antoni Montserrat, European interpreter of Emperor Akbar’, foreword to João Vicente Melo (ed.) The Writings of Antoni de Montserrat at the Mughal Court(Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2023), pp. VII-XXVII.

‘Introduction: Cosmopolitanism and the Enlightenment', Cosmopolitanism and the Enlightenment, eds. Joan-Pau Rubiés and Neil Safier (CUP, 2023), pp. 55-90.

‘The Cosmopolitan Paradox: Travel, Anthropology and the Problem Cultural Diversity in Early Modern Thought’, Cosmopolitanism and the Enlightenment, eds. Joan-Pau Rubiés and Neil Safier (CUP, 2023), pp. 55-90.

‘Outsiders and Insiders: European perceptions of India and the Problem of Cultural distance’, in India and the traveller: aspects of travelling Identity, ed. Rita Banerjee (New Delhi: Bloomsbury, 2022), pp. 23-44.

‘What is left of the Renaissance? The discovery of the world and of man from a cosmopolitan perspective’, in A Renaissance reclaimed: Jacob Burckhardt’s Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy reconsidered, eds. Stefan Bauer and Simon Ditchfield (Proceedings of the British Academy, 2022), pp. 177-205.

‘Eran racistas los europeos de la modernidad temprana?’, De sangre y leche. Raza y religión en la España moderna, eds. Mercedes García-Arenal & Felipe Pereda (Madrid: Marcial Pons Historia, 2021), pp. 529-617.

‘Why do we need a cultural history of travel – and what do the Jews have to do with it?’, Jews and Journeys: Travel and the Performance of Jewish Identity, edited by Orit Bashkin & Joshua Levinson, University of Pennsylvania Press (University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 2021), pp. 10-19. 

Ethnography’, in Information: A Historical Companion, eds. Anthony Grafton, Anja-Silvia Goeing, Ann Blair, and Paul Duguid (Princeton University Press, 2021), pp. 433-440.

‘From Idolatry to Religions: the Missionary Discourses on Hinduism and Buddhism and the Invention of Monotheistic Confucianism, 1550-1700’, Journal of Early Modern History 24 (2020): 499-536.

'Early Catholic Orientalism and the Missionary Discovery of Asian Religions', [with R.T. Pomplun & I.G. Županov], Journal of Early Modern History 24 (2020): 463-470.

‘El Códice Boxer como enigma: en búsqueda de la voz de un autor’, in El Códice Boxer: Etnografía colonial e hibridismo cultural en las islas Filipinas, eds. M. Ollé M & J.-P. Rubiés (Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2019), pp. 37-90.

‘La Unión Europea y el proceso del Brexit’, ¿Una Unión Europea en crisis? Reflexiones para un debate urgente, eds. Fernando Guirao & Josep Pich Mitjana (Los Libros de la Catarata: Madrid, 2019), pp. 168-200.

‘Histoire sacrée et ethnographie comparative chez Lafitau’, in La plume et le calumet. Joseph-François Lafitau et les sauvages ameriquains, eds. Sara Petrella and Melanie Lozat (Grands Voyages, éd. Garnier: Paris, 2019), pp. 63-81.

‘The Jesuits and the Enlightenment’. The Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits, edited by Ines G. Zupanov (OUP, online publication October 2018:

'Comparing Cultures in the Early Modern World. Hierarchies, Genealogies and the Idea of European Modernity', in: Regimes of Comparatism: Frameworks of Comparison in History, Religion and Anthropology, edited by R.Gagné, S.Goldhill and G.E:R.Lloyd (Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2018), pp. 116-172.

'1622 y la crisis de Ormuz ¿Decadencia o reorientación?', in José Antonio Martínez Torres (coord.) Conexiones imperiales en ultramar: España y Portugal, 1575-1668, Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez. Nouvelle Série, 48-2 (2018):121-151.

‘Juan González de Mendoza y el descubrimiento Europeo de China’, prologue to Diego Sola, El cronista de China. Juan González de Mendoza, entre la misión, el imperio y la historia (Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2018), pp. 15-27.

'Ethnography and Cultural Translation in the Early Modern Missions', Studies in Church History 53 (2017): 272-310.

'Were Early Modern Europeans Racist?', in Ideas of Race in the Histoy of the Humanities, eds. Amos Morris-Reich and Dirk Rupnow, Palgrave MacMillan (2017), pp. 33-87.   

‘The Discovery of New Worlds and Sixteenth-Century Philosophy’, The Routledge Companion to Sixteenth-Century Philosophy (New York and Oxford, 2017), pp. 54-82.

'Political Rationality and Cultural Distance in the European Embassies to Shah Abbas'. Journal of Early Modern History 20 (2016): 351-389.

With Manel Ollé, 'The comparative history of a genre: The production and circulation of books on travel and ethnographies in early modern Europe and China', Modern Asian Studies 50, 1 (2016): 259-309.

With Toby Osborne, 'Introduction: Diplomacy and Cultural Translation in the Early Modern World'. Journal of Early Modern History 20 (2016): 313-330.

‘Nuovo mondo e nuovi mondi: ritorno a la questione de l'impatto culturale’, Milano, L’ambrosiana e la Conoscenza dei Nuovi Mondi (secoli xvii-xviii), Michela Catto e Gianvittorio Signorotto eds. Studia Borromaica XXVIII (2015): 9-41.

'Review-Article: Tamil Voices in the Lutheran Mission of South India (1705-1714)', Journal of Early Modern History, 19, 1, 71-81.

'Mythologies of Dutch Brazil', in The legacy of Dutch Brazil, edited by Michiel van Groesen (New York: CUP, 2014), 284-317.

'Nature and Customs in Late Medieval Enthnography: Marco Polo and John Mandeville',  La nature comme source de la morale au Moyen Age, ed. by Maaike van der Lugt, "Micrologus Library" 58 (Florence: Galluzzo, 2014), pp. 189-232.

'Race, climate and civilization in the works of François Bernier,' L'Inde des Lumières: Discours, histoire, savoirs (XVIIe-XIXe siècle) eds. Marie Fourcade and Ines Zupanov (Paris: Purusartha, 2013), pp. 13-38.

'Real and imaginary dialogues in the Jesuit mission of sixteenth-century Japan,' Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 55 (2012), 447-494.

'¿Diálogo religioso, mediación cultural, o cálculo maquiavélico? Una nueva mirada al método jesuita en Oriente, 1580-1640', inJesuitas e imperios, Alexandre Coello de la Rosa, Javier Burrieza and Doris Moreno eds. (Madrid: Sílex, 2012), pp. 33-61.

'From the history of travayle to the history of travel collections: the rise of an early modern genre', in Richard Hakluyt and Travel writing in Early Modern Europe, edited by Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt (Ashgate-Hakluyt Society Extra Series, 2012), pp. 25-41.

'From antiquarianism to philosophical history: India, China and the World History of Religion in European Thought (1600-1770)', in Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500-1800, Peter N. Miller and François Louis eds. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012), pp.313-367.

'A dysfunctional Empire? The European context of Don García de Silva y Figueroa's embassy to Shah Abbas', in Estudos sobre Don García de Silva y Figueroa e os "Comentarios" da embaixada à Persia (1614-1624), edited by Rui Loureiro and Vasco Resende (Lisbon: Centro de História de Além-Mar, 2011), pp. 85-133.

'Ethnography, philosophy and the rise of natural man 1500-1750', in Encountering Otherness. Diversities and Transcultural Experiences in Early Modern Europe. Edited by Guido Abbattista (University of Trieste Press, 2011), pp. 97-127.

'The concept of a gentile civilization in missionary discourse and its European reception: Mexico, Peru and China in theRepúblicas del Mundo by Jerónimo Román'. Missions d'évangélisation et circulation des savoirs XVIe-XVIIIe siècles. Charlotte de Castelnau, Marie-Lucie Copete, Aliocha Maldavski and Ines Županov eds. (Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 2011), pp. 311-50.

'Late medieval ambassadors and the practice of cross-cultural encounters', in The 'Book' of Travels: Genre, Ethnology, Pilgrimage 1250-1700, ed. By Palmira Brummett. 'Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions: History, Culture, Religion, Ideas' (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp. 37-112.

'Texts, images, and the perception of 'savages' in Early Modern Europe: what we can learn from White and Harriot', inEuropean Vision: American Voices. Kim Sloan ed. (London: British Museum Research Publications, 2009), pp. 120-130.

'Theology, ethnography and the historicization of idolatry'. The Journal of the History of Ideas 67, 4 (2006): 571-96.

'Travel writing and humanistic culture: a blunted impact?' The Journal of Early Modern History: Contacts, Comparisons, Contrasts 10, 1-2 (2006): 131-68.

'Oriental Despotism and European Orientalism: Botero to Montesquieu'. The Journal of Early Modern History: Contacts, Comparisons, Contrasts 9, 1-2 (2005): 109-180.