Meet the Interns (2022)

Alessia Gagliardi

Alessia Gagliardi is a bachelor’s student of History of Art and Visual Culture and Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway University of London. Previous to her MAP Internship, she developed her knowledge of Fake News in the Avvisi written in Florentine Renaissance. In her upcoming dissertation, she will focus on how the Florentine society was mirrored by Art and Literature during the Renaissance. Her passion for Art History, that arose during her studies of Liceo Linguistico in Italy, led her to volunteer in the Picture Gallery of Royal Holloway, to allow people to visit it. This experience has set the basis for what she hopes will be her future career in this highly rewarding feel.

Elli Stogiannou

Elli holds a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Pomona College (2022) and she just recently finished her first year at Utrecht University’s master program in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. Her research interests lie in cross-cultural encounters and relations as they unfolded in the long seventeenth century in the Mediterranean basin. Elli, currently working on Greeks living in early modern Italian metropoles, hopes to work in the future on the intersection of women’s know-how, religion, and the urban setting.

Chantal Maria Reissel

Chantal Maria Reissel earned her B.A. in European Studies (including Art History, Italian Studies, and Digital Humanities) in 2019 from the University of Passau and obtained her Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of Bonn in January 2023, with a thesis on the portraiture of the Florentine Renaissance artist Giuliano Bugiardini. During the course of her studies, she spent one semester each at Italian universities, namely the Università degli Studi di Perugia and the Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’. From September 2021 to February 2022, she worked as a student assistant at the library of the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institut) in Florence. Currently, she is preparing a PhD project on the Florentine portraiture of the early Cinquecento, with a strong focus on questions of attribution and chronology.

My Lundborg

My Lundborg is a Library and Information Science Master’s student with a focus on digital libraries from Borås University in Sweden. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies from Gothenburg University, where she wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on the working conditions of municipally funded artists. Special interests include ideological history and the accessibility and preservation of cultural heritage. My came into contact with the Medici Archive Project while researching the digitization process of the Avviso Project earlier in 2023. She is currently researching the language and format used for communicating news and plans to continue the research in her master’s thesis next year.

Holly Johnstone

Holly Johnstone is a recent graduate from the University of Oxford where she completed her Master’s Degree in Early Modern History. Holly’s master’s thesis focused on the intersections of race-making, dress, and physical bodies in Cesare Vecellio’s 1598 costume book, De Gli Habiti Antichi et Moderni. She previously completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and hails from the Canadian Rockies.

Kata Ispanovits

Kata Ispanovits is an international student at the University of Pisa. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medieval history, and learning Italian as a foreign language. Her research interests center around 15th century Florence, specifically the histories of the Pazzi and Medici families and the causes and effects of the Pazzi Conspiracy.

Chiara Campagnaro

Chiara Campagnaro graduated from the University of Toronto in 2021 with a degree in History, Italian Studies, and Renaissance Studies. She is currently completing a Master’s in Art History, Curatorship, and Renaissance Culture at the Warburg Institute in London. Her research interests focus on early modern women, the history of the book trade, and Italian epics. Her master’s dissertation examines the collaborative nature of the printing press from the perspective of two Italian women printers in the sixteenth century, focusing on the intersection between work and gender. Chiara hopes to begin a meaningful career in education at a museum, gallery, or cultural heritage institution, combining her passion for teaching and history. She also hopes to pursue a PhD to continue her research on women in the book trade.

Alexa Moses

Alexa Moses is a senior at Trinity School in New York City. At MAP, she has worked to connect younger generations to the Avviso: Publishing The News that Made Us Modern Project through the creation of the avvisi website, student competitions, and the avvisi newsletters. Over the past few years, Alexa has founded The New York Classics Conference and has served as the President of the Trinity School Classics Club and the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s premier classics magazine. After seven years of Latin and three years of Greek, she is deeply interested in how the ancient and early modern periods connect to our current society.

Iran Danae Garza Torres

Danae Garza is a Bachelor student in Classics and Modern Languages at Royal Holloway University of London. This academic year she will be joining The Medici Archive Project where she will be serving as junior research fellow and intern’s coordinator for the Eugene Grant Jewish History Program

Aubrey Peterson

Aubrey Peterson, 2nd year History Major at UC Santa Barbara, studying Renaissance and Baroque art and history.

Bethanie Belisle

Bethanie Belisle is a third-year student at the University of Minnesota-Morris. She is triple majoring in Art History, Political Science, and Medieval Studies. In addition, she is a McNair Scholar preparing to attend graduate school in Art History discipline. Her focus is on the political influence of the dismantling of art through the centuries, concentrating on the Classical to Medieval eras.

Erik Zielinski

My name is Erik Zielinski and I study medieval history at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. While my studies have broadly spanned over Europe, Africa, and Asia, I have always been fascinated by the Medici family and I am excited to have a chance to study them more closely.

Sára Kovács

My name is Sára Kovács and I am a 3rd year undergraduate student at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest majoring in Italian Philology and minoring in Hungarian as a Foreign Language. Besides that, I am doing a double degree program which allows me to spend my final year at the University of Florence. My main interests are medieval literature and the Italian Renaissance, but I am also fond of languages too, whether ancient or modern ones.

Wu Xiao

Wu Xiao is a Ph.D. student at École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. Her dissertation focuses on the hospital architecture in Renaissance Italy. She completed her BA in ancient Chinese architecture at Peking University and published an article on the reconstruction of Grotto 55’s antechamber at Mogao, Dunhuang. Xiao has worked in several cultural institutions in Beijing, Xinjiang, and Fujian in China.

Kaylee Kelley

Kaylee Kelley is a first-year PhD student at Boston University focusing on cinquecento portraiture and material culture. Her Master’s thesis entitled ‘“Illustrious Through Her Own Virtues”: An Alternative Vision of Laura in Cinquecento Florentine Portraiture’ investigated the relationship between devotional objects and portraiture vis-á-vis contemporary literature. Prior to her PhD, Kaylee completed a Master’s at The Institute of Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s at the University of St Andrews, where she earned a joint honours degree in the History of Art and English Literature. She was recently awarded a humanities grant by NYU, which will fund her internship at MAP.

Daniela Graca

Daniela Graca holds a Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Ottawa (2022) and will begin her Master of Arts in musicology at McGill University this autumn. Her research centres around women in Italian Renaissance music with particular focus on music and the body and music in female homosocial settings. She was the 2022 recipient of the Anthony King Memorial Scholarship for her research about 16th-century musical feminism in the Florentine convent of La Crocetta and is currently a research assistant on Mapping the Musical Landscape of the 16th Century. Recently, Daniela was also awarded the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship for her upcoming studies at McGill.

Georgina Rowley

Georgina Rowley completed her undergraduate degree at the University of East Anglia, specialising in sixteenth-century Italian poetry. She wrote her third-year dissertation on the use of the Heroides as a mode of writing that offered courtesan-poets Veronica Franco and Tullia d’ Aragona a way of expressing their private aspirations publicly. Her interests include courtesans, women artists, matronage, and the studioli of Renaissance noblewomen. Georgina worked as a remote archive assistant with the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain for a year and then completed a six-week in-person placement. Over the last year, she has worked at the Norfolk Heritage Centre, cataloging ex-referenda and researching the collection of rare early modern books. Additionally, she gave a talk regarding her recent discovery of a medieval manuscript leaf. She will be beginning the MA in Art History, Renaissance Culture and Curatorship at the Warburg Institute in the autumn. Georgina will be working with Dr Sheila Barker at MAP to digitize Bronzini’s manuscripts at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze and will search for archival material regarding the relationship between Leonora de’ Medici, Constanza Lenzi Gondi, and Lucrezia Quistelli.

Sophie Jones

Sophie Jones is a senior at Smith College, where she majors in art history with a concentration in archival studies and a minor in Italian. She is interning with MAP after spending the semester studying in Florence. Her focus lies within religious/devotional art and its ties to gender in the Renaissance period, and she is also interested in historical costume. She is a board member of Citrus, Smith’s fashion magazine.

Anna Malgeri

Anna Malgeri completed her BA and MA studies summa cum laude in history at the University of Florence in 2017 with a thesis on 18th-19th century Tuscany Jewry. She is a high school teacher and a poet. Her book of poems Abbracciami Israele was published in 2020. For more information about her see

Zaida Lagunas

Zaida is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History of Art & Architecture and a minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice. Previously, She interned with the Brooklyn Museum, and through The Association of Research Institutes in Art History, interned for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Canadian Center for Architecture, The Clark Art Institute, and the Yale Center for British Art. Currently, she is studying art and photography in Florence while also interning with the Medici Archive Project

Swetha Ganeshkumar

Swetha Ganeshkumar is a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Finance and minoring in Business Analytics at the Carlson School of Management. She is from Minnesota and is studying abroad in Florence for one semester. In her free time, she is involved with her business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and an organization called THRIVE.

Noah Dasinger

Noah Dasinger is currently a second-year master’s student at the University of Georgia, where he studies early Renaissance sculpture and the Medici. He joined the Medici Archive Project in June of 2021, where he worked alongside the director Dr. Alessio Assonitis. His duties included transcription, indexing, and cataloging documents uploaded onto MIA. His thesis entitled “Symbolic Epigraphy and the New Rome: Humanist Capitals on the Tomb of Leonardo Bruni” will address the connections between the revival of antique-styled Latin epigraphy and the growing influence of Romanesque manuscripts on the writings of Leonardo Bruni and the inscriptions Bernardo Rossellino. His work will shed light on the peculiarities of quattrocento epigraphy, addressing their semiclassical appearance, as opposed to their direction imitation of antique letterforms.

Alison Holdsworth

Alison Holdsworth is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Art History at American University in Washington, DC. She joined the Medici Archive Project in January of 2021, where she worked alongside a team of fellow graduate students for Dr. Gabriele Mancuso within the Eugene Grant Jewish History Program. Their tasks included collecting and cataloguing images and objects for an upcoming exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Alison has also accepted a position to intern for Dr. Sheila Barker at MAP within the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists. Alison’s own interests involve the work of women artists of the Italian Renaissance, material culture of the period, and somaesthetics. Her thesis focuses on Northern Italian portraits of women (1480-1600) and the evocation of the sense of touch to suggest female agency in those works. She had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Italy this summer for thesis research after being awarded the Carol Bird Ravenal Travel Award in Art History as well as a College of Arts and Sciences Student Research Award by faculty at American University.

Olivia Marcum

Olivia Marcum is a senior at Centre College, double majoring in Art History and Studio Art with a concentration in oil painting. She has been awarded the J. Graham Brown Fellowship from Centre (her undergraduate institution). Her research interests include the activities and social contexts of early modern women in Europe, and the lives and works of early modern female painters. She is currently researching the studio practice of Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence. Next year, she will begin a year-long position as a research intern under Dr. Sheila Barker.

Katherine Rabogliatti

Katherine Rabogliatti is an Art History Masters student at Syracuse University. Her interests include women writers and artists in early modern Italy, with a particular focus on the life and work of Sofonisba Anguissola. She is currently researching Sofonisba’s time in Spain and later life, concentrating on the artist’s social circle at the Spanish court and how these relationships helped her gain international recognition. Katherine has been awarded the Chandler-Ott Fellowship from her undergraduate institution, Wellesley College, and the Florence Art History Fellowship from Syracuse University, both of which will fund her graduate studies.

Christine Staton

Christine Staton is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s master’s program in Italian Renaissance art. Her program included a year-long residency in Florence where she first encountered the Medici Archive Project. Christine’s thesis, “The Nectanebo Lions on the Fontana dell’Acqua Felice: Egyptian Revival in the Rome of Sixtus V,” studied two Egyptian antiquities in Rome as a part of the Egyptian Revival during the Renaissance. She hopes to continue this work in a Ph.D. program. Christine has worked in several art museums and research institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Medici Archive Project, and the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento. Christine is a regular speaker and author for the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture.