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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 and Justice in Tuscany in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries', explores the patterns of crime, punishment, and conflict resolution in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany through the lens of socio-economic crises between the 1590s and the 1660s. 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 of Tuscany strengthened its state formation by coping with crimes, and to what extent did the seventeenth-century crisis influence the efficiency of the state justice and community justice in Tuscany.


Research Interests

  • History of Florence and Siena
  • 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