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I have worked at Monash University since 2000 when I was appointed to a Cassamarca Lectureship, shared between the Schools of Historical Studies and LLCL (Italian Program). I am now in the History Program of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. My masters and doctoral research focused on the late fifteenth century Italian writer, Giovanni Sabadino degli Arienti. A post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, in 2001/2002 allowed me to begin research on the correspondence between Francesco and Isabella d'Este, which consists of circa 3,000 letters preserved in the State Archive of Mantua. I have published articles on early modern dynastic marriage, women's participation in diplomacy and politics more broadly and my monograph A Renaissance Marriage. The Political and Personal Alliance of Isabella d'Este and Francesco Gonzaga (1490-1519) is in production with Oxford University Press (forthcoming February 2020). I have translated (with Antonio Pagliaro) the fourteenth century letters of Margherita Datini and written on her very active participation in her husband's commercial enterprises. More recently, I have examined the history of the European letter with particular emphasis on women's use of the letter between the 14th-16th centuries. At present I am working on a ARC funded project with Prof. Susan Broomhall and Dr Lisa Mansfield on the Italian Wars of the 16th century.


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