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I am a PhD candidate in English at the University of Virginia. In 2018 I was a Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard, and in 2018/9 was awarded research fellowships at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and Princeton University. My dissertation studies antiquarian writing in seventeenth-century England, but I work on a range of topics, chiefly 16th- and 17th-century English literature, bibliography, Renaissance museology, the history and descriptive bibliography of science & math, Thomas Jefferson, and book history. I am the 2018 recipient of first prize in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the Jay I. Kislak foundation. My writing appears in or is forthcoming from Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Spenser Studies, Notes & Queries, and Studies in Bibliography.

At UVa I have taught courses on writing & rhetoric, travel literature, Shakespeare, and early English literature (Anglo-Saxon to 18th-century). In 2018 I taught a self-designed course on renaissance science and English literature titled, 'Reading Renaissance Science.' A syllabus is available, here.

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Rotunda Library Online
Rotunda Library Online (RLO, ‘arlo’) is a bibliographical database and census containing short-title entries for every book shelved in the University of Virginia's Jeffersonian Rotunda Library in its first decade of use. Using meticulously gathered provenance evidence, RLO reveals which original Rotunda Library books are extant in UVa's Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library and which are lost. Metadata refinement and site development are ongoing.

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Biblioteca Genealogica: Sicilian Printing, 1704-1893
Awarded first place in the ABAA national collegiate book collecting contest, this collection offers a representative sample of Sicilian printing and ephemera from the 18th and 19th centuries, a period in which my maternal ancestors lived in the Sicilian provinces of Palermo and Agrigento. The chronological limits of the collection, 1704 to 1893, reflect the years for which genealogical records (births, baptisms, and deaths) for the Militello and Marchese families survive: Gabriele Militello, my earliest documented ancestor, was born in Bivona in 1704; my great-grandfather, Pietro Marchese, was born in Pollina in 1893. These are the genetic bookends of my Sicilian family tree and the figurative bookends of this collection.

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Studio Studiolo
Web design, development, and innovation for humanists.