Italian social and cultural history; Renaissance
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Edward Muir (PhD Rutgers, 1975) is the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences and holds a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. A past president of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, he is currently the president of the Renaissance Society of America. He works in Italian social and cultural history. Besides receiving Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, he has been a fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Newberry Library. He has edited three volumes of translated essays from the prominent Italian historical journal, Quaderni Storici, is a general editor of the book series "Palgrave Early Modern History: Culture and Society," and the series editor for the “I Tatti Italian Renaissance History” monograph series with Harvard University Press. He has served on the Board of Editors of The American Historical Review and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He is the author of Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice, which won the Adams and Marraro Prizes; Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy, which also won the Marraro Prize; Ritual in Early Modern Europe; and The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera. He is the coauthor of the textbook, The West: Encounters and Transformations, and is currently writing The Fragile Sinews of Trust: The Italian Renaissance, 1350-1650. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in 2011 was elected a member of the Academia Europaea.