Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College Cork, works on the histories of culture and knowledge with reference to Europe and especially to Italy and the Mediterranean world. He has published extensively on topics relating to intellectual life, institutions and patronage structures from 1500-1800. Partly by background, partly by inclination, he is particularly drawn to topics regarding transition, transmission and translation, in the broadest senses. Hence the direction much of his recent research has taken, in the areas of mediality and communication, within and among physical and mental spaces, between past and present.
Before coming to Cork in 2009, he worked at Harvard University (1991-2000), Jacobs University in Germany (2002-2009), Notre Dame University (1985-1987), and at the Medici Archive Project in Florence (2000-2002). In 2009 he was appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia.
He has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Fulbright commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and he won the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. More here. His writings have won awards from the Society for Italian Historical Studies and the History of Education Society.