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Holly Hurlburt

Associate Dean, University College and Professor of History


Department of History

Park Shops 211E


Holly Hurlburt holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in European History from Syracuse University. She is the author of two books on women, gender, politics and the state in late medieval/early modern Venice and the Mediterranean. She has received grants and fellowships from the American Historical Association; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies; The Renaissance Society of America and the Newberry Library. Her current work focuses on notions of exile in the wider Mediterranean. She is Associate Dean and Executive Director of Academic Enrichment Programming in University College, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, overseeing the University Honors Program, Office of Undergraduate Research, University Fellowships Office and the First Year Inquiry Program.

Research Publications

Daughter of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance. Yale University Press, 2015. 

The Dogaressa of Venice, 1200-1500: Wife and Icon. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

“Caterina Cornaro” and “Dogaressa” entries for “Merlo’s Map: The Religious Geography of Venice,” digital exhibit, part of Religious Chance, 1450-1700. Newberry Library, 2018.

Caterina Cornaro.”  Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret King. Oxford University Press, April 2018.

“Men and Women,” in Dante in Context, eds. Lino Pertile and Zyg Bryzinski. Cambridge University Press, 2015, 71-83.

“’A la Cypriota:’ Gentile Bellini, the Queen of Cyprus and Familial Ambition,” in Venice in the Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Patricia Fortini Brown, eds. Blake de Maria and Mary Frank. Five Continents Press, 2013, 33-39.

“Columbus’ Sister: Female Agency and Women’s Bodies in Early Modern Atlantic and Mediterranean Empires,” in Conflict, Concord: Attending to Early Modern Women. Proceedings of the 2009 Symposium, University of Delaware Press, 2013, 77-92.

“Women and Power,” in The Cultural History of Women: Vol. 3, The Renaissance, ed. Karen Raber, Berg Press, 2013, 163-82.

“Body of Empire: Caterina Corner in Venetian History and Iconography,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4 (2009): 61-99.

“A Renaissance for Renaissance Women?” Journal of Women’s History 19: (2007): 193-201.

“Women, Gender and Rulership in Italy,” History Compass 4:3 (2006), 528-535.

“Individual Fame and Family Honor: The Tomb of Dogaressa Agnese da Mosto Venier,” in Widowhood & Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe, ed. Allison Levy. Ashgate, 2003, 129-44.

“Public Exposure?  Consorts and Ritual in Medieval Europe: The Example of the Entrance of the Dogaresse of Venice,” in Medieval Women and Power Revisited: Challenging the Master Narrative, eds. Mary Erler and Maryanne Kowaleski. Cornell University Press, 2003, 174-89.


“’Two Sultans Cannot Live in the Same Country’:” The Fraternal Relations of Bayezid II and Cem Sultan.” Stepfamilies in the Early Modern World, International Conference, Budapest Hungary, May 2019.

“Gendered Political Spaces in the View.” Invited Presentation, “A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’Barbari’s View” Symposium, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, October 12-13, 2017.

“The Princes in (and out of) the Tower: Kidnapping, Assassination and Venetian Imperial Governance.” Invited Presentation, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford University, May 2017.

“Caterina and the Humanists: Gender, Patronage and Monarchy in Humanist Writings to the Queen of Cyprus.” Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 2017.

“Bringing Caterina Home: A Reconsideration of the Last Monarch of Cyprus.” Othello’s Island International Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus, March 17-20, 2016.


M.A. European History Syracuse University 1995

Ph.D. European History Syracuse University 2000

Area(s) of Expertise

Renaissance and Early Modern Europe, History of Italy, Women and Gender, Food