Research

I’ve recently revised my dissertation into a monograph, An Intimate Empire: Renaissance Venice and its Mediterranean World (forthcoming with Cornell University Press in June 2018). The book takes as its subject two imperial families in Renaissance Venice and the Venetian Mediterranean empire. Giovanni Bembo and Pietro Coppo were Venetian noblemen, educated as humanists in their city before being appointed as colonial governors and administrators in Venice’s Mediterranean empire. Once in the empire, they formed families across cultural, imperial, and confessional boundaries, as they married colonial women and had children. An Intimate Empire studies this relationship between family, humanism, and empire in Renaissance Venice and the Venetian Mediterranean state across the lifetimes of its subjects, from about 1470 to 1550.