Research specializations: premodern gender, women’s studies, critical race theory, travel literature, the history of diplomacy, epic poetry, reception studies, the European performing arts, and opera studies.


Ph.D. in Italian Studies, with a Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2020)

M.A. in Italian Studies, New York University (2013)

B.M. in Music Performance and Italian, New York University (2011)

Recipient of Research Fellowships awarded by the Renaissance Society of America, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Modern Language Association, the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation.


Collaborator of the “Tasso in Music Project,” recipient of a 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Enhancement Grant



Monograph (in progress):

Tasso among the Muses: Women Readers and Practices of Reception in Early Modern Italy


Peer-refereed articles and chapters in scholarly books:

“‘La donna di poche parole’ from Page to Stage: Envoicing Enchantment in Epic Poetry and Early Opera,” The Italianist 41.1 (2021): 1-22.

“Italian Chivalric Epic Poetry and Female Readers,” in Routledge Resources Online – The Renaissance World. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367347093-RERW27-1

“Building Space for Belonging: The Critical Race, Diasporas, and Migrations Caucus (CRDM),” co-authored with Michela Ardizzoni and Carmela Scala, special issue of Forum Italicum: Critical Issues in Transnational Italian Studies, eds. Serena Bassi, Loredana Polezzi and Giulia Riccò (invited to contribute June 2022)

“Armida at the Embassy: Refugee Statecraft and Regal Stagecraft between Tasso and Vivaldi,” in New Perspectives on Torquato Tasso and Early Modern Music, ed. Emiliano Ricciardi (Under contract with Brepols)

Blog Posts


    American Association for Italian Studies, Women’s Studies and Queer Studies caucuses

    American Musicological Society

    Dante Society of America

    Modern Language Association

    Northeast Modern Language Association, Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus

    Renaissance Society of America

    Sixteenth Century Society

    The Society for Italian Studies, United Kingdom

    Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

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