Professor Tlusty is a social and cultural historian who specializes in gendered behaviors and social identity in early modern Europe. Her current research project examines the construct of masculinity in early modern Germany especially as it related to the relationship between magic and science. Her publications include The Martial Ethic in Early Modern Germany: Civic Duty and the Right of Arms (2011); Bacchus and Civic Order: The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany (2001); The World of the Tavern: The Public House in Early Modern Europe (co-editor, 2002), and other edited volumes, as well as numerous articles on social-historical topics including drinking, gambling, fighting, martial sports, civic defense, magic, and the social history of language "from below."
Professor Tlusty's courses focus on the social and cultural history of Europe and connections between the European past and relationships of power, politics, and gender in the modern world, particularly in the process of codifying constructs of human rights and identity. Course topics have included Renaissance capitalism; the social history of early modern Europe; alcohol and civilization; historical constructions of gender; social histories of war, weaponry, and the right to bear arms; and histories of witchcraft, magic, and fantasy.