I am a historian of Renaissance and early modern Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean with a strong interest in broad questions of historical method, archival construction and suppression, and microhistory. I specialise on Venice and its extensive empire and connections across Europe and the Mediterranean, and I work on power and communication, including rhetoric, graffiti, pamphlets and rumours. I have also been researching the comparative history of archives and information management, the cultural history of urban space, and the relations between Venice and England in the early seventeenth century. I’m currently completing an edition of Thomas Hobbes’ translation of a large collection of newsletters spanning the first phase of the Thirty Years’ War written by the Venetian-based friar Fulgenzio Micanzio. This will appear in a volume of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Hobbes. You can read more about my research here.
I’m one of the organisers of the Early Modern Italian World group of interdisciplinary studies on Italian history and culture in Italy and beyond, c. 1400-1800. We organise a fortnightly seminar on Mondays (odd weeks of full term).