Laura Ingallinella

Assistant Professor
Carr Hall, Room 214, 100 St. Joseph Street Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1J4
(416) 946-8779



Renaissance Studies Program, Victoria College

Areas of Interest

  • Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
  • Mercantile Cultures and Cross-regional Exchanges
  • Premodern Critical Race Theory (PCRS)
  • Gender Studies and Performance
  • Comparative Hagiography
  • Translation Studies (volgarizzamenti)
  • Textual Criticism
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Book History


Laura Ingallinella is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and is affiliated with the Renaissance Program at Victoria College. Her research focuses on the intersection of identity politics, literature, and manuscript production in premodern Italy. Her work has appeared in I Tatti Studies in the Renaissance, Forum Italicum, Bibliotheca Dantesca, Medioevo Romanzo, Revue Mabillon, and ACMRS’s The Sundial. Dr. Ingallinella is currently completing two monographs. The first one, “The Fraudulent Muse: Gender and Literary Forgery in Early Modern Italy,” studies the intersection of female impersonation and “fakes” in Italy between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, and it discusses cases such as the so-called petrarchiste marchigiane. Her second book, “Nations of the Book: Trade, Travel, and Transcultural Literacy in the Early Renaissance (1350–1500),” explores the book production and writings of Italian merchants and their diasporic communities. With Robert J. Clines of Western Carolina University, she currently is editing an interdisciplinary collection of essays on race in premodern Italy.


  • Research Visiting Fellowship, École Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), 2015–16
  • Oscar Kristeller Short Research Grant, RSA, 2022
  • RSA Participation Grant, New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Iter, 2021



Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
M.A., Scuola Superiore di Catania
M.A., University of Catania
B.A., University of Catania