School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS)

Catherine Kovesi is Senior Lecturer in History. Her research focuses on discourses surrounding luxury consumption and greed in Italy and Europe in the early modern period; and the social, familial, and religious history of Venice and Florence.

Jenny Spinks is Hansen Senior Lecturer in History. She is a cultural historian of early modern Europe with a particular focus on Germany, France and the Low Countries in the sixteenth century. Her research interests include print culture, the history of emotions, the global supernatural, the religious dimensions of wonders and disasters, and European views of religious rites and material cultures in Asia.


Una McIlvenna is Hansen Lecturer in History. She works on the literary and cultural history of early modern Europe, specialising in balladry and the singing of news, the history of capital punishment, the history of emotions, and court studies.


Sarah A Bendall is McKenzie Fellow in History. She is a material culture historian of early modern Europe, specialising in the dress, jewellery and armour of England, Scotland and France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her work in particularly interested in dress and the constructions of gender norms, and the histories of garment production, consumerism and material ecologies. 

Charles Zika is Professorial Fellow in History, and Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. His research interests lie in the intersection of emotion, religion, visual culture and print in early modern Europe, and especially in its German-speaking territories.

Nat Cutter is a PhD candidate in History, researching the origins, experiences and influence of British expatriates in the seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Maghreb. He is interested in cross-cultural engagement, diplomacy, social networks, news networks, material culture, evangelicalism, and piracy.

Elizabeth Tunstall is a PhD candidate in History. Her focus is on the Elizabethan period of English history (1558-1603), specifically how the Elizabethan succession issue affected English political discourse relating to royal prerogative and government. Her research interests include royal history, political history, correspondence studies, diplomatic history, and art history.

Jennifer McFarland is an MA candidate in History, researching the identity, social status and activities of pizzochere - uncloistered religious women - in sixteenth-century Venice. Her research interests include charitable networks and poor relief, especially for older women; lay religious structures; the material culture of popolani households; and relic cult in early modern Venice.

History of Science

Gerhard Wiesenfeldt is Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science. His research looks at early modern empiricism, science and Naturphilosophie, science at early modern universities, scientists in popular movies, and the visual culture of experiments.

Melbourne School of Government

Russell Goulburne is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He has published and taught extensively on major figures in French intellectual culture of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau. His research interests include the history of the book and textual editing, and reception of classical antiquity in early modern France.

School of Culture and Communication (SCC)
English and Theatre Studies

David McInnis is Gerry Higgins Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies. He is the author of multiple publications on travel in early modern English drama. With Roslyn L. Knutson and Matthew Steggle, he is founder and co-editor of the Lost Plays Database.

Justin Clemens works on the intersections between science, politics and poetry in early-modern literature, with a particular interest in the work of John Milton.

Marc Mierowsky is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Theatre Studies. He is the editor along with Nicholas Seager and Andreas Mueller of the Correspondence of Daniel Defoe and co-editor of Defoe's Roxana for the Oxford World's Classics series. He publishes on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history, with particular interests in popular sovereignty and the history of immigration law.

Art History

Anne Dunlop holds the Herald Chair of Fine Arts. She works on art and culture in Italy and southern Europe between c. 1300 and 1550. Her interests include early secular art, artistic techniques and materials, models of artistic cross-cultural exchange, and links between Italy and Eurasia in the Mongol period.

Matthew Martin is Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship. His research interests include the material culture of European courts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the intersections between art and natural philosophy in early modern ceramic industries, artistic exchanges between Europe and Asia in the early modern period, and art collecting and patronage amongst English recusant elites in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Mark K Erdmann is a Lecturer in Art History. He specializes in Japanese pre-modern architecture and the intersection of space, painting, carpentry, and power. His interest includes castles and warrior elite residences of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, screen paintings, and the impact of the Jesuit missions on visual culture in Japan.

Lisa Beaven is Lecturer in art history at La Trobe University and Honorary Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on sensory and emotional responses to art and material culture in early modern Europe, with a particular focus on seventeenth-century Rome.

Olivia Meehan is Curator of Academic Programs at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Her primary area of research is cross-cultural engagement, in particular, the circulation of European prints in early modern Japan. Teaching and research interests include: print culture in early modern Europe; Japanese prints and illustrated books; trade and exploration in Asia 1500-1800; theory and methods in art history; reading and visual literacy.

Shiqiu Liu is a PhD candidate in Art History. Her research focuses on artworks produced by professional artisans during the Yuan dynasty in China (1271-1368) and the artistic adaptation between Chinese and other contemporary cultures in the 14th century. The research started in March 2019 and the thesis title is “Coming to Cathay: Foreign Cultural Influence on Art in Mongol Yuan China”.

School of Languages and Linguistics (SOLL)

French & Spanish

Veronique Duche is the A.R. Chisholm Chair of French Studies. Her research and publication record centres on French literature in the Renaissance, in particular on novels translated from Spanish. She is recognised as one of the leading experts on the history of translation in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France. She also has a strong interest in rare books and history of the book.



Andrea Rizzi is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2014-2018). His project as Future Fellow is on The Power of the translator: a new history of cultural change and communication. Andrea also works on scribal and print cultures of early modern Italy, the agency of vernacular translators in Renaissance Europe, intentional anonymity in early modern literature, and the violent language of humanism.

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