Anna Wainwright (Ph.D., New York University) is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies and Core Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research considers gender, race, politics, and emotion in medieval and early modern Italy. Her current book project, “Widow City: Gender, Emotion, and Community in the Italian Renaissance,” 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", (University College London Press) and the co-editor of the volumes "Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation" (Delaware, 2020), "Race in the European Renaissance: A Classroom Guide" (ACMRS 2022), and The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics and Reform in Renaissance Italy" (Brill 2023). She is 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 (2018–2022). 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, delegate to the MLA Assembly, and serves on the Bibliography Committee for the Dante Society of America.
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
B.A., University of Chicago
Crusade rhetoric in the late Renaissance
Gender and race studies
History of diplomacy
History of emotions
Italian women writers
401: Elementary Italian I
402: Elementary Italian II
444B: Mamma Mia! Italian Motherhood
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
Wainwright, A. (2021). Outdoing Colonna: Widowhood Poetry in the Late Cinquecento. In V. Cox, & S. McHugh (Eds.), Vittoria Colonna: Poetry, Religion, Art, Impact (pp. 95-113). Amsterdam University Press.
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