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Wanxin Du

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My name is Wanxin Du. I am a current PhD student at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick, co-supervised by Dr. Jonathan DaviesLink opens in a new window and Dr. Luca MolĂ Link opens in a new window. I am interested in economic, social, political, and legal history in early modern Italy, especially in the history of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany between the 16th and 17th centuries.
My PhD project, 'Crime, Punishment and State Justice in Seventeenth-Century Tuscany', explores crime and its regulation by the government of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the context of socio-economic crisis between 1587 and 1670. A comparison between the Florentine stato vecchio and the Sienese stato nuovo will be my focus. By investigating this topic, I hope to examine whether the Grand Duchy strengthened its state power by regulating crimes, and whether it showed the tendency towards an absolutist state in the seventeenth-century crisis.


Research Interests

  • History of Florence and Siena
  • Renaissance Italian States and Economy
  • History of Early Modern Italy
  • Violence, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Early Modern Europe


  • Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies, The University of Warwick, 2022-present
  • M.A. in World History, Fudan University, 2019-2022
  • B.A. in World History, Tianjin Normal University, 2015-2019

Research and Language Trainings

  • Specialised Italian Intermediate for Renaissance Research, The Warburg Institute, Oct 2022-Mar 2023
  • Italian Palaeography, The University of Warwick, Oct-Dec 2022

Scholarships and Awards

  • China Scholarship Council-University of Warwick Scholarship, 2022-2026
  • Tung Scholarship, Fudan University, 2020-2021