Researcher biography

BA (San Francisco), MA, PhD (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Gary Ianziti was educated in the United States and Italy. After completing his PhD at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), he held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. In 1979 he migrated to Australia to take up a lectureship in Italian Studies at the University of Wollongong. He returned to Italy in 1988 to teach the history of historiography at the University of Trieste. In 1994 he moved to Brisbane, where he served as Associate Professor of European Studies and later Director of the Humanities Research Program at QUT. He has held research fellowships at the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies and at the American Academy in Rome.

He is a specialist in Italian Renaissance humanism, with a particular focus on the humanist contribution to the development of modern historiography. His many publications in this area include two books: Humanistic Historiography under the Sforzas: Politics and Propaganda in Fifteenth-century Milan (Oxford University, Clarendon Press, 1988), and Writing History in Renaissance Italy: Leonardo Bruni and the Uses of the Past (Harvard University Press, 2012). He is currently preparing an edition of Pier Candido Decembrio’s Lives of the Milanese Tyrants for the I Tatti Renaissance Library, a collection of humanist Latin texts with English translation published by the Harvard University Press.