Key Researchers

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

peter-howardPeter Howard is Deputy Dean of Arts, Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Convener of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Program Leader of the Arts Focus ‘Body in the City’ Research Program. He has published widely in the areas of Italian Renaissance history and medieval sermon studies, including Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012) and Theologies of the Piazza: Religion and Experience in Renaissance Florence (Routledge, forthcoming). He teaches a range of undergraduate and honours units on renaissance history.


david-garriochDavid Garrioch completed his first degree (BA Hons) at the University of Melbourne and his DPhil at Oxford. He joined the School of History at Monash, teaching European history, in 1984. He was elected FAHA in 2004 and promoted to Professor in 2005. He has served as Associate Dean (Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts at Monash, and been Head of the School of Historical Studies. In 2003, 2008, and again in 2012-15 he was a Visiting Fellow in the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyons in June 2005. David’s research expertise is European urban history, 1700-1800 and Eighteenth-century Paris.


John Henderson is one of the leading social historians of renaissance and early modern Italy. 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. John Henderson is a Monash direct appointment for the Arts Focus ‘Body in the City’ Research Program. He has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, reli­gious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany. Major monographs include: Piety and Charity in Late Medieval Florence, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994; Chicago University Press, 1997; Italian translation: Le Lettere, Florence, 1998); The Great Pox. The French Disease in Renaissance Europe, with J. Arrizabalaga and R. French (Yale University Press, 1997), and most recently The Renaissance Hospital. Healing the Body and Healing the Soul (Yale University Press, 2007; German translation: Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2007; Italian translation: Odoya, Bologna, 2016). He is at present completing a book on plague in early modern Florence.


cecilia-hewlettCecilia Hewlett is Associate Dean International of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the Prato Centre. She is an historian of the Italian Renaissance and has published on the themes of rural identities and the relationships between urban and rural communities. Most recently she has been a research fellow of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. Her most recent publications include ‘Locating Contadini in the Renaissance City: Food circulation and Mobility in the Marketplace’, I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance (Spring 2016) and a book edited with Peter Howard, Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F. W. Kent (Brepols, 2016).


carolyn-jamesCarolyn James is Cassamarca Associate Professor in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University. She has edited the letters of the Renaissance writer Giovanni Sabadino degli Arienti, analysed his literary works (Olschki, 1996 and 2002), translated, with Antonio Pagliaro, the late medieval letters of Margherita Datini (Centre of Reformation and Renaissance Studies Toronto, 2012) and is presently working on a monograph entitled A Renaissance Marriage: Isabella d’Este and Francesco Gonzaga, to be published by Oxford University Press.


constant-mewsConstant Mews was educated at the universities of Auckland (BA, MA) and Oxford (DPhil). He joined the staff of the School of History in 1987, after teaching for five years (1980−1985) at the Université de Paris III and spending two years as a Leverhulme research fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK, working with Professor David Luscombe on editing the writings of Peter Abelard. He was promoted to Professor in 2008 and elected FAHA in 2005. He has been Director of the Centre for Religious Studies (until 2014, the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology) at Monash University since 1991. A past president of the Australian and NZ Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, he is currently President of the Religious History Association. Constant’s areas of expertise include medieval intellectual and inter-religious history, with a particular interest in the twelfth century. He has published extensively on Abelard and Heloise, as also on Hildegard of Bingen and religious women in medieval culture.


kathleen-nealKathleen Neal holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne with Honours in History, and a Master of Studies in Historical Research (Medieval) from Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis in History was undertaken at Monash on letters and letter writing in thirteenth-century English government. She also holds a PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology from The University of Melbourne.

Kathleen’s research focuses on late medieval English political history, particularly the rhetorical strategies used to negotiate the various relationships that tied the English crown to the wider political community. She is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority.

Kathleen chaired the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America in 2010-11, and served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Early Medieval Association as Reviews Editor in 2007-09.


Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and other associated scholars

Megan Cassidy-Welch, The University of Queensland

Guy Geltner and Maartje van Gelder, University of Amsterdam   

Robert Bjork and Sharon Fredrick, Arizona State University

Massimo Ciavolella, University of California, LA

Mary Laven, Cambridge University (pending)

Kate Jansen, Catholic University of America (pending)

Jill Burke and Monica Azzolini, University of Edinburgh

Kate Lowe and Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of London

Nicholas Terpstra, M. Michèle Mulchahey and Konrad Eisenbichler, University of Toronto (pending)

Jonathan Davies, Penny RobertsIngrid de Smet and Rosa SalzbergUniversity of Warwick

Riccardo Saccenti, FSCIRE, Bologna

Archivio di Stato, Prato