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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.


Room: Room 515, Level 5, Forgan Smith Building

Recent publications:

  • Writing History in Renaissance Italy: Leonardo Bruni and the Uses of the Past (Harvard University Press, 2012).
  • "The Project for European Integration and Pan-European Media," in Lee Duffield and Gary Ianziti (eds.), Europe and the Media (Saarbrücken, 2010), pp. 12-32
  • “Bruni, the Medici, and the Florentine Histories,” Journal of the History of Ideas 69 (2008): 1-22
  • “Poggio, Bruni, e le storie fiorentine,” Humanistica 2 (2007): 13-26
  • “Challenging Chronicles: Leonardo Bruni’s History of the Florentine People,” in Chronicling History, ed. Sharon Dale, Alison Williams Lewin, and Duane J. Osheim (University Park, PA, Penn State University Press, 2007), pp. 249-272
  • “Between Livy and Polybius: Leonardo Bruni on the First Punic War,” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 51/52 (2006/2007): 173-197
  • “Historiography and its Discontents: The Windschuttle Gambit,” History Australia 2 (2005): 43/1-43/10
  • “From Praise to Prose: Leonardo Bruni’s Lives of the Poets,” I Tatti Studies 10 (2005): 127-148
  • “Storici, mandanti, materiali nella Milano sforzesca,” in Il Principe e la storia, ed. Tina Matarrese and Cristina Montagnani (Novara, Interlinea, 2005), pp. 465-485

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