I attended Bard College, where I majored in Art History, graduating in 2010. At Bard, I became especially interested in late medieval Italian visual culture, which led me to a year-long internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I subsequently went to Oxford to pursue an interdisciplinary M.St. in Medieval Studies. My work on travel, space, and the Mediterranean world led me onto fifteenth- and sixteenth-century cartography and geographical writing, particularly produced and circulated in Venice. I discovered that some of the authors, and many of the readers, of this material were Venetian aristocrats who also held positions governing the colonies of the Venetian empire in the Mediterranean. This became my D.Phil thesis, which argued for a closer integration of humanism and colonialism in our understanding of the early modern Venetian empire. I won a Clarendon scholarship to fund this research.
In July 2014, I was appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at Oriel College, Oxford. In autumn 2015, I spent a semester at Harvard as Lauro de Bosis fellow in Italian Studies. During my postdoctoral fellowships, I have worked on my monograph, Venice’s Intimate Empire: Renaissance Venice and its Mediterranean World (Cornell University Press, June 2018).
After spending a year teaching at St Andrews, I am now a lecturer in the history department at the University of Sheffield. I teach a range of courses on early modern European history, global history, and public history. I am also in the early stages of developing a new research project on dimensions of selfhood within the plural, multi-ethnic societies of Renaissance Italy.