Lisa Kaborycha received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, an M.A. in Italian Studies, and a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern European History. She has taught history at the University of California, Berkeley and at Menlo College. Currently, she lives in Florence, Italy, where she teaches courses on Renaissance history at the University of California, Florence Study Center and works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project. She is the author of A Short History of Renaissance Italy (2010).