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RSA Board of Directors

RSA Board of Directors

Mara R. Wade, President
Mara Wade is a Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has been a faculty member for thirty-two years. Prior to that, Mara was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of German at the College of Wooster, Ohio. Mara completed her Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Michigan and her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie in visual culture, with particular emphasis on emblematica; digital humanities, court studies, gender studies, early modern literature and culture of German-speaking lands and Scandinavia. You can read more about Mara on her biography page.

Nicholas Terpstra, Vice President and Interim Chair, Associate Organizations and International Cooperation
Nicholas Terpstra is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto where he has taught since 1998. Nicholas completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics, religion, gender, and charity in Renaissance Italy, and his more recent work is focused on early modern refugees and digital mapping. He is currently working on expanding a digital map of sixteenth century Florence that has been developed as the DECIMA (Digitally Encoded Census Information and Mapping Archive) project. You can read more about Nicholas on his biography page.

Clare L. Carroll, Immediate Past President
Clare Carroll is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY where she has been a faculty member for thirty years. Prior to that, Clare was an Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She completed her Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. at Columbia University and her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. Her research interests lie in the area of early modern cultural relations between Ireland, Rome, and Spain, book history, early modern colonialism, epic poetry, and historiography. You can read more about Clare on her biography page.

James L. Shulman, Treasurer
James Shulman is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Council of Learned Societies where he has been an executive since 2018. Prior to his current position, James was a Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he helped to design and lead the Mellon Research Forum on the Liberal Arts. He completed his Ph.D. at Yale University and his undergraduate work at Yale as well. In addition to serving on the board of the RSA, James is a board member of The Spence School and the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association. You can read more about James on his biography page.

David Marsh, Publications Chair
David Marsh is a Professor of Italian at Rutgers University, where he has been a faculty member for thirty years. David completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University and his undergraduate work at Yale. David, who knows a dozen European languages, specializes in the influence of the classical tradition on Italian authors from Petrarch and Alberti to Giambattista Vico. You can read more about David on his biography page.

Jessica Lynn Wolfe, Renaissance Quarterly Articles Editor
Jessica Lynn Wolfe is the Marcel Bataillon Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Classics, and Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has been a faculty member since 1998. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University and her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests lie in the history of classical scholarship and the reception of classical literature and philosophy; English, French, and neo-Latin literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. You can read more about Jessica on her biography page.

W. David Myers, Renaissance Quarterly Book Reviews Editor
David Myers is a Professor of History at Fordham University and Review Editor at Renaissance Quarterly. David has been on Fordham’s faculty since 1990. He completed his Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. at Yale University and his undergraduate work at Notre Dame. His research interests focus on the nature and history of religion as well as systems of transgression and discipline in early modern Europe, particularly Germany. You can read more about David on his biography page.

Hilaire Kallendorf, Annual Fund Chair
Hilaire Kallendorf is a Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies at Texas A&M University where she has been a faculty member since 2001. Prior to her current position, Hilaire was the Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA. She completed her Ph.D. and M.A. at Princeton University and her undergraduate work at Texas A&M University. Her research interests lie in the intersections of religion and literature, and the ways belief relates to artistic production and culture. You can read more about Hilaire on her biography page.

Ricardo Padrón, Counselor
Ricardo Padrón is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia where he has been a faculty member for twenty-one years. Ricardo completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University, his A.M. at the University of Chicago and his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie in the geopolitical imagination of the early modern Luso-Hispanic world, as expressed in literature (broadly defined) and cartography. You can read more about Ricardo on his biography page.

Hannah Murphy, Emerging Scholar Representative
Hannah Murphy is a Research Fellow, Renaissance Skin at King’s College London where she has been a faculty member for three years. Prior to this position, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College Oxford. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and her undergraduate work at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests lie in early modern medicine and science, with a special focus on the German-speaking lands. You can read more about Hannah on her biography page.

Blake de Maria, Conference Chair
Blake de Maria is the Harold and Edythe Toso Professor at Santa Clara University, where she has been a faculty member for eighteen years. Blake completed her Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and her undergraduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on the artistic patronage of early modern Venice’s merchant communities, with a specific interest in global trade, including textiles, dyes, and gemstones. You can read more about Blake on her biography page.

Surekha Davies, Research Fellowships Chair
Surekha Davies is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University. Prior to that, she was associate professor at Western Connecticut State University and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She completed her Ph.D. at the Warburg Institute (University of London) and her undergraduate and M.Phil degrees at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in collecting and display, monstrosity, natural history, visual culture, exploration and colonialism, the relationship between nature, culture, and art, and anthropology from antiquity to the nineteenth century, and especially c.1400-1800. You can read more about Surekha on her biography page.

Richard Freedman, Digital and Electronic Media Chair
Richard Freedman is a Professor of Music and the John C. Whitehead ’43 Professor of Humanities at Haverford College where he has been a faculty member for thirty-four years. He completed his Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include music and musical culture of the sixteenth century and also digital humanities. You can read more about Richard on his biography page.

Monica Azzolini, Membership Chair
Monica Azzolini is Associate Professor in the History of Science at the University of Bologna, where she has been teaching since 2017. Before then, she held positions at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, The University of New South Wales in Australia, and the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and an undergraduate degree from the Università Cattolica, Milan. Her research interests lie in history of science and medicine, with a focus on the intersections between political, cultural, and material histories of knowledge. You can read more about Monica on her biography page.  You can read about Monica on herbiography page.

Carla Zecher, Executive Director
Carla Zecher is the Executive Director of the RSA, where she became the Society’s first full-time executive director in 2015. Prior to that, she was Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies and Curator of Music at the Newberry Library. Carla received her Ph.D. in French from Duke University and a diploma in harpsichord from the Strasbourg Conservatory, and did her undergraduate work at Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is currently writing a book on music and travel in the Renaissance and beyond. You can read more about Carla on her biography page.

 

 

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