Anna Wainwright

Phone: (603) 862-0556
Office: Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies, Murkland Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Anna Wainwright

Anna Wainwright joined the UNH faculty in 2017, after completing her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at New York University. Her research interests include gender, race, politics, and emotion in medieval and early modern Italy. Her current book project, “Widow City,” investigates the cultural and political significance of widowhood in early modern Italy, stretching from Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, to the women poets of the Counter-Reformation. Her publications include articles in The Italianist, Religions, and Spenser Studies. She is the translator of Leonora Bernardi’s pastoral tragicomedy "Clorilli", and co-editor of the volume "Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation" (Delaware, 2020), and the interdisciplinary project "Race in the European Renaissance: A Classroom Guide" (ACMRS 2021). She is currently researcher on the collaborative research project "The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics and Reform in Renaissance Italy", funded by a three-year grant from the Research Council of Norway (2018–2021); she is co-editor of the forthcoming associated volume (Brill 2021). She has held awards and grants from the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and is Social Media Liaison for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender.


  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Crusade rhetoric in the late Renaissance
  • Digital humanities
  • Gender and race studies
  • Gender studies
  • History of diplomacy
  • History of emotions
  • Italian women writers
  • Pastoral
  • Religious Studies
  • Renaissance transnationalism
  • The Counter-Reformation

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 401: Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 402: Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 444B: Mamma Mia! Italian Motherhood
  • ITAL 503: Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 504: Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 521: Mediev/Renaiss Italian Culture
  • ITAL 595: Practicum

Selected Publications

Wainwright, A. (2021). “Tied Up in Chains of Adamant”: Recovering Race in Tasso’s Armida Before, and After, Acrasia. Spenser Studies, 35, 181-212. doi:10.1086/711936

McHugh, S., & Wainwright, A. (2020). Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation. University of Virginia Press.

Wainwright, A. (2020). "The Fair Warrior in the City of Florence: Maddalena Salvetti's Poems to Christine of Lorraine". In A. Wainwright, & S. McHugh (Eds.), Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation. University of Virginia Press.

Wainwright, A. (2018). Teaching Widowed Women, Community, and Devotion in Quattrocento Florence with Lucrezia Tornabuoni and Antonia Tanini Pulci. Religions, 9(3), 76. doi:10.3390/rel9030076

Wainwright, A. (2017). A Simple Virgin Speaks: Authorial Identity and Persuasion in Isabella Cervoni's Oration to Pope Clement VIII. The Italianist, 37(1), 1-19. doi:10.1080/02614340.2016.1258877