|Research Areas: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Colonial Florida and Borderlands, Mississippian culture, and Southeastern Native America in the Early Modern Period.
Advisor: Dr. Paul Niell
Dissertation Title: “De-constructing Mission San Luis and Re-constructing San Luis de Talimali: A Seventeenth-Century Apalachee-Spanish Mission in Florida”
Danila Coppola specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish colonial architecture and early modern Southeastern Native American material culture in Florida and the Borderlands, with a particular focus on the Apalachee-Spanish Franciscan missions. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from UC Berkley and her Master’s degree in Art History from Florida State University. Danila is ABD and is currently writing her dissertation with the working title “De-constructing Mission San Luis and Re-constructing San Luis de Talimali: A Seventeenth-Century Apalachee-Spanish Mission in Florida.”Danila has recently joined the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs as an Arts Consultant. Prior to her current position, Danila worked at the Museum of Florida History, which is also part of the Florida Department of State. At the Museum she developed the education programs for the exhibition Florida Inspired: Landscapes from the Risner Fine Art Collection, on view from November 23, 2019 to August 2, 2020. Danila’s other main tasks at Museum were the coordination of Florida History Day and of the Summer Reading Program, which grew exponentially during her tenure. Danila has contributed to university and public education for the past ten years in Tallahassee at Florida State University, Mission San Luis Historic and Archaeological Site, and the Museum of Florida History.