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Dr Monica Azzolini

MPhil, PhD

Honorary Fellow; Early Modern European History


Contact information
Address: William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Other contacts: Twitter: @DrM_Azzolini
Office hours: Currently on leave
  • Director of Equality and Diversity (2016-)
  • Equality and Diversity Officer (2009-2012)
  • Member of the Athena Swan Equality and Diversity Committee (2014-)
  • Coordinator of the Medicine, Science and Technology Research Group, HCA
Affiliated research centres
Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. After graduating from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, I obtained both my MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. I taught for a term at Cambridge before spending a brief period in Sydney, Australia. My early career was marked by a truly hectic peregrinatio academica across the globe! In 2002 I moved to the USA to take up an academic post at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2004 I crossed the Pacific again to move back to Sydney and take up a lectureship in the School of History at the University of New South Wales. In 2005/6 I spent nine idyllic months at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. It was at I Tatti that I started working actively on my recent book on astrology in Sforza Milan. In the winter of 2006/7 I held a short-term Frances Yates fellowship at the Warburg Institute, London, where I benefited from access to a unique library and lively intellectual exchange with Warburg staff and fellows.

I finally settled down in the autumn of 2007, when I joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer. I have been happily teaching in Edinburgh ever since. In 2013 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. 

I am in a dual-career relationship and I have two pre-schoolers.

External appointments
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Renaissance Quarterly
  • Discipline Representative for the History of Medicine and Science, Renaissance Society of America
  • Committee Member of the Leonardo da Vinci Society
  • International Member of the Editorial board for the series ‘La Nuova Meridiana (Storia)’, Le Lettere
  • External examiner, MSc in the History of Medicine, Newcastle University (2008-2011)
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