I am a specialist in Renaissance philosophy and intellectual history. Many of my publications have focused on the legacy of Aristotelianism (particularly moral and natural philosophy) in Latin and the vernacular in Italy. My interests, however, reach across Europe, particularly to France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Low Countries. I have published on Renaissance universities (especially Bologna) and their configuration of knowledge and learning; commentaries and translations; ethics and politics; cultural polemics; and the history of libraries (particularly that of Ulisse Aldrovandi). In any of these areas I am able to offer postgraduate supervision to suitably qualified candidates. Currently I am completing a monograph on the changing configuration of the disciplines in the University of Bologna and its faculty of arts and medicine between 1400 and 1750.
Recent book publications include Spheres of Conflict and Rivalries in Renaissance Europe (2020, co-edited with Jill Kraye and Marc Laureys).
Over the years I have received fellowships from several funding bodies: most notably an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (held at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich) and a Villa I Tatti Fellowship (from the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies near Florence). I was the Principal Investigator for an AHRC standard grant on Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy and for a Leverhulme International Network on Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries. I led the Warwick portion of an ERC starting grant on Aristotelianism in the Italian Vernacular and have recruited several research fellows (including Marie Curie fellows) to Warwick. I have served as the Renaissance Society of America's discipline representative for Philosophy and am on the editorial boards of several journals and book series.
Since 2018 I have been directing Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.
I am very interested in supervising research students and in mentoring early career research fellows. I have functioned as a mentor for research fellows under the AHRC, Leverhulme ECF, ERC, and Marie Curie schemes. I strongly welcome expressions of interest for Feodor Lynen Fellowships.
Main administrative roles
- Director of Research for Italian
- Director of Graduate Studies for Italian
- Library Representative, Italian Studies
- Director of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
- Renaissance Society of America; Society for Italian Studies; British Society for the History of Philosophy.
- Member, editorial board, for journals including Mediaevalia et Humanistica and Annali di storia delle università italiane
- Board member of two book series published by Brepols: Cursor Mundi and Studies in the Faculty of Arts: History and Influence (SFIHA)
- BA (History, English, Ancient Greek; Bryan College, Tenn., 1987)
- MA (English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1991)
- AM, PhD (History, Harvard University, 1997)