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 Italian literature. Her current book project, “Widow City,” investigates the cultural and political significance of widowhood in the Italian tradition, stretching from Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, to the women poets of the Counter-Reformation. Her publications include articles in The Italianist and Religions. She is the translator of Leonora Bernardi’s pastoral tragicomedy "Clorilli", to be published with introduction and notes by Virginia Cox and Lisa Sampson with the Other Voice Series in 2019, and co-editor of the volume "Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation", and the interdisciplinary project "Race in the European Renaissance: A Classroom Guide". 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 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.


  • 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
  • Renaissance transnationalism
  • The Counter-Reformation

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 503: Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 504: Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 521: Italian Lit Translation 13-16C

Selected Publications

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