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Graduate Students

Alexia Ferracuti


Alexia Ferracuti is in her seventh year of doctoral work in Italian and Renaissance Studies. Tracing the trope of a doubling aesthetic from the Quattrocento to the hybridizing figures of Baroque theatre, her dissertation project points to the centrality of comedy in the Cinquecento with a focus on the convergence between eroticism, performance, gender ambiguity, and the art of dissimulation.

At Yale, Alexia has taught courses in Italian and in Theatre Studies, has served as a Fellow of the Graduate Teaching Center, and was recently also an instructor for the Yale Summer Abroad Program in Siena, Italy.

Education: B.A. English; Renaissance Studies; Italian, summa cum laude (University of California, Santa Barbara; 2005)

Jamie Gabbarelli

History of Art

Area of Interest: 'Prints, printmaking and illustrated books. Art and Humanism. Jews in the Early Modern Period'

Elizabeth Harper

Comparative Literature

'The emergent humanist self-conscious, neo-Latin poetry and autobiography, Renaissance epic, representations of marginalised others (women, Jews, prostitutes) within  Renaissance thought'.

Ian Hathaway


Robert Holden


Area of Interest: Sixteenth- & seventeenth-century literature; reformation theology; biblical translation

Andrew Kau


Andrew focuses on the poetry of the English Renaissance, particularly Milton. Other interests include humanism, rhetoric, reception of the classics, and the history of criticism.

Jakub Koguciuk

History of Art

Hans Leaman


Graduate student in the History Department and Renaissance Studies program, focusing on religious and cultural history in Northern Europe.  His dissertation examines the use of banishment as a punishment for religious non-conformity in the Reformation era and the influence that exile had on the development of early modern ecclesiology.  Carlos Eire is his advisor.  He received his A.B. from Princeton and a J.D. from Yale Law School."

Simona Lorenzini


Simona Lorenzini graduated, cum laude, from the University of Pisa in 2003 with a thesis in Modern Italian Literature. After obtaining a Ph.D. in “Humanist and Renaissance Civilization” from the “Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento” (Florence, 2008), she is currently a first year graduate student in the Italian Department. Her areas of interest include the study of bucolic poetry of Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, of Philology and Medieval-humanistic Latin, and also the digital treatment of texts.

Ricardo Monsalve C.

Spanish & Portuguese

He received his B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature (2004) and his Master's degree in Literature (2007) from the University of Chile.

Interests: Medieval, Golden Age and Colonial Spanish Literature, especially Alonso de Ercilla's La Araucana and the Arauco war; Renaissance epic poetry; Dante Alighieri's Divina commedia and its relationship with Erich Auerbach's work.

Amy Morris Dunagin

Music History

Amy Morris (2007) holds a bachelors degree in history from Yale University, where she wrote a senior thesis on political broadside ballads and their influence in late seventeenth century England. She is pursuing a joint Ph.D. program in music history and Renaissance studies. Her current research focuses on the music of the English Reformation. 

Claudia Rammelt


Claudia is currently researching and writing her dissertation on the dissemination of Thucydides in 14th and early 15th century Italy. She is particularly interested in the question how Thucydides as a role model for how to write history influenced the development of Florentine Historiography from Leonardo Bruni to Niccolò Machiavelli.

Rebecca Rush


A second-year student in English and Renaissance Studies, Rebecca's interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century epic and lyric, Renaissance poetic theory, the intersections of religion and poetry, and Biblical hermeneutics.

Matthew Tanico

Spanish & Portuguese

Matthew S. Tanico received his B.A. in Spanish and Italian (summa cum laude) from New York University in 2011. He completed an honors thesis entitled “Cervantes’s Arte Moderno: Theatrical Origins of the Modern Novel” considering the influence of theater on Don Quixote. He is now a Ph.D. student in Spanish and Renaissance Studies at Yale University. His research interests include Cervantes, drama, early modern Spain-Italy relations, and the Baroque.

Justine Walden


My interests are (1) early modern religion and social history; (2) heresy, inquisition and persecution; and (3) the history of the book (scribal culture and the transition to print; bibliography in general) and the ways in which these three areas intersect. My geographic and temporal focus is late medieval/early modern Italy with occasional forays into England.

My background is in Philosophy (UC Berkeley), and American Studies (Social History, Art History) at UPenn.


Recent Graduates:


Erin Glunt

Thesis: Reform, Reformation, and Exorcism: Crisis in a Sixteenth-Century French Convent 

James Ross Macdonald

Thesis: Popular Religious Belief and Literature in Early Modern England


Jonathan Gnoza
Thesis: Isocrates in Italy

Jonathan Gnoza is teaching Latin and history at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, CT.

Michael Komorowski

Thesis: The Arts of Interest: Private Property and the English Literary Imagination, 1640-1700."

Courtney Thomas
Thesis: Honor and Reputation Among the Early Modern English Elite, 1530- 1630



Noah Dion

Thesis" Genesis by the Book: Augustinian Literalism in the
Latin Epic Hexaemeron and Milton’s Paradise Lost

Patrick Gray

Thesis: Honorable Mend: Shame and Guilt in Shakespeare's Rome

Caroline Stark

Thesis: The Role of Knowledge in Ancient and Renaissance Conceptions of Man

Caroline Starkis a visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio Wesleyan University