Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University; and general editor of the book series Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700 published by Amsterdam University Press.


Ph.D., History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, 2000

M.A., History of Art, American University, 1992

B.A., History of Art, Tulane University, 1990

Other Publications

Monographs and Edited Volumes:

House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications/Western Michigan University, 2017)

Editor and contributing author (Introduction: “Playing the Field,” 1-8.)

 Sex Acts in Early Modern Italy: Practice, Performance, Perversion and Punishment [Ashgate, 2010 (hardback); Routledge, 2016 (paperback)]

Editor and contributing author (Introduction: “Strange Bedfellows,” 1-9)

Sesso nel Rinascimento: Pratica, Perversione, Punizione (Florence: Casa Editrice Le Lettere, 2009)

Editor and contributing author (Introduzione: “Strani compagni di letto,” 7–13)

Re-Membering Masculinity in Early Modern Florence: Widowed Bodies, Mourning and Portraiture [Ashgate, 2006 (hardback); Routledge, 2016 (paperback)]

Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe [Ashgate, 2003 (hardback); Routledge, 2016 (paperback)]

Editor and contributing author (Introduction: “Widow’s Peek: Looking at Ritual and Representation,” 1–15; Ch. 13: “Framing Widows: Mourning, Gender and Portraiture in Early Modern Florence,” 211–31; Afterword: “Last Rites: Mourning Identities (?),” 251–55)

Articles and Essays:

“The Plastered Female Face in Fifteenth-Century Florence: A Translation of Luigi Pulci’s ‘Le galee per Quaracchi,’” Kritische Berichte. Zeitschrift für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften 45/1 (2017): 19-26.

“Effaced: Failing Widows,” in Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe: Gender, Agency and Identity, ed. Andrea Pearson (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 71–84.

“Cosimo’s Black Widow,” in Growing Old in Early Modern Europe: Cultural Representations, ed. Erin J. Campbell (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), 169–84.

“Augustine’s Concessions and Other Failures: Mourning and Masculinity in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany,” in Grief and Gender: 7001700, ed. Jennifer C. Vaught with Lynne Dickson Bruckner (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), 81–94.

“Good Grief: Widow Portraiture and Masculine Anxiety in Early Modern England,” in The Single Woman in Medieval and Early Modern England: Her Life and Representation, ed. Laurel Amtower and Dorothea Kehler (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2003), 147–64.

“Imposing Pictures: Widow Portraiture as Memorial Strategy in Early Modern Florence,” in Witwenschaft in der frühen Neuzeit: fürstliche und adlige Witwen zwischen Fremd- und Selbstbestimmung, ed. Martina Schattkowsky and Maike Guenther (Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2003), 321–41.

“Traces: Performing Race and Gender in the Streets of New Orleans, Mardi Gras 1998, or A S(Other)n Self-Portrait,” Xavier Review 20/2 (Fall 2000): 57–61.

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

“Laid Bare,” a double review of Jill Burke, The Italian Renaissance Nude, Yale University Press, 2018 and James Grantham Turner, Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality, and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy, Yale University Press, 2017 in Art History 42/3 (June 2019), 412–15.

Nicholas Terpstra, Lost Girls: Sex and Death in Renaissance Florence, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010 in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 7 (2012), 344–45.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship and Sexuality through History, ed. Victoria Mondelli (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008), article on “Widows and Remarriage in the Renaissance,” vol. 3.

Gabrielle Langdon, Medici Women: Portraits of Power, Love, and Betrayal, University of Toronto Press, 2006 in Renaissance Quarterly 60/2 (Summer 2007): 533–34.

Carl Brandon Strehlke, ed., Pontormo, Bronzino, and the Medici: The Transformation of the Renaissance Portrait in Florence, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2004 in Renaissance Quarterly 58/4 (Winter 2005): 1321–22.

Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004), ed. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, article on “Representations of Jazz Musicians,” vol. 2, 440–41.

Carla Mazzio and Douglas Trevor, ed., Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture, Routledge, 2000 in Sixteenth Century Journal 32/4 (Winter 2002): 1218–19.

Christine Meek, ed., Women in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe, Four Courts Press, 2000 in Sixteenth Century Journal 32/3 (Fall 2001): 841–43.

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    College Art Association (Co-chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship); Association of Art Historians; Renaissance Society of America; Italian Art Society; Sixteenth Century Society and Conference; Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (Publication Awards Committee, 2006–2008 and College Art Association liaison, 2005–2008); Bogliasco Foundation (Alumni Committee, 2013–2017); Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association Executive Board (2017-2020)

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