Staff Member

Alessio Assonitis

Alessio Assonitis

Director
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2003
assonitis[at]medici[dot]org

Alessio Assonitis (Rome, 1970) received his doctoral degree in Renaissance art history from Columbia University in 2003. He has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, Herron School of Art, and the Christian Theological Seminary. In 2003-4, he served as Allen Whitehill Clowes Curatorial Fellow at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  He arrived at the Medici Archive Project in the fall 2004, with a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. He became MAP Research Director in 2009 and Director in 2011.

Lorenzo Allori

Lorenzo Allori

Technology Director
lallori[at]medici[dot]org

Lorenzo Allori, native of Florence, is currently attending the University of Siena majoring in Business Communication. Primarily a Unix and networking specialist, he has worked for Syracuse University and for several other firms, building ad hoc IT solutions and packages integrating opensource products.

Elena Brizio

Elena Brizio

Vice Director
Ph.D. Università degli Studi di Firenze, 1993
ebrizio[at]medici[dot]org

Elena Brizio completed her Ph.D in Medieval History at the University of Florence in 1993 with a thesis on the political and prosopographical analysis of the Sienese government in years 1355-1399; she also completed a Masters in Gender Studies in 2003, working on the role of the dowry in the fourteenth century.

John Henderson

John Henderson

Director of the Medicine and the Medici in Grand Ducal Tuscany Research Program

John Henderson is one of the leading historians of medicine in Renaissance and early modern Tuscany. He is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. At present he is Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, Florence, Harvard University’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Professor Henderson has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, religious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany.

Piergabriele Mancuso

Piergabriele Mancuso

Director of the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe
Ph.D. University College London, 2009
mancuso[at]medici[dot]org

Piergabriele Mancuso (Venice, 1975) received his doctoral degree in Jewish Studies from University College London, 2009. He was a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies) as a Phd student fellow and at the Warburg Institute, London (Sophie Fellowship Programme).

Sheila Barker

Sheila Barker

Director of The Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists in the Age of the Medici
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2002
barker[at]medici[dot]org

Sheila Barker graduated from Amherst College in 1993 and completed an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph. D. at Columbia University with a specialization in Italian Baroque painting and a doctoral dissertation on plague art in 17th-century Rome. In addition to teaching art history for many years (currently for the University of California EAP in Florence) and managing an Old Masters gallery (Robert Simon Fine Arts), she has also worked in a museum as the Allen Whitehill Clowes Curatorial Fellow at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2003-4.

Brendan Dooley

Brendan Dooley

Director of the Birth of News Program
b.dooley[at]ucc[dot]ie

Brendan Dooley is the Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College Cork.  He has previously taught at Harvard University and Jacobs University in Bremen.  Between 1999 and 2001 he was Chief of Research at MAP. Publications include Science, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Italy (Garland Publishing, 1991); Italy in the Baroque: Selected Readings (Garland Publishing, 1995);

Maurizio Arfaioli

Maurizio Arfaioli

Senior Research Fellow
Ph.D. University of Warwick, 2002
arfaioli[at]medici[dot]org

Maurizio Arfaioli was born in Piedmont in 1967 and grew up in Tuscany. He received a B.A. (Honors) in Renaissance History at the University of Pisa in 1995 and completed a Ph.D.

Marta Caroscio

Marta Caroscio

The Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe Fellow
Ph.D. Università degli Studi di Siena
caroscio[at]medici[dot]org

Marta Caroscio studied at the Universities of Florence, London and Siena. She completed her PhD in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Siena in 2007, receiving as well a Diploma in Paelography, Diplomatics and Archive Studies from the Archivio di Stato in Florence (2003-2005).

Alana O'Brien

Alana O'Brien

Senior Research Fellow
PhD La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia, 2002
aobrien [at] medici [dot] org

Alana O’Brien completed her PhD at La Trobe University in 2002, with a thesis focusing on the cult of San Filippo Benizi, and Andrea del Sarto’s fresco cycle of Benizi’s life in the forecourt of the SS. Annunziata.From 2002-2005 she was a Research Fellow with the Medici Archive Project. From 2006 – 2011 she worked as a Curator at the La Trobe University Museum of Art and gave lectures in the University’s Art History department.

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