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 an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, with a cross-appointment in the Renaissance Studies Program at Victoria College. Dr. Ingallinella’s research focuses on the intersection of identity politics and literary expression in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She specializes in late medieval and Renaissance transregional and cross-linguistic exchanges, with a focus on the processes of transculturation initiated by merchants traveling across Europe and the Mediterranean in the early Renaissance. Dr. Ingallinella has published several peer-reviewed essays relevant to premodern translation studies, critical philology, the reception of Dante’s Divine Comedy, manuscript studies, gender studies, and premodern critical race studies. She is completing her first monograph, “Legends of Brass: Collections of Saints’ Lives in the French-Speaking Middle Ages (1250-1500),” and she is now working on her second book project, entitled “Nations of the Book: Trade, Travel, and Transcultural Literacy in the Early Renaissance (1350-1550).”

After earning a B.A. and M.A. in philology at the University of Catania, Dr. Ingallinella earned her Ph.D. at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellesley College, cross-appointed between the department of Italian Studies and the Medieval and Renaissance Program, where she taught courses on Dante in English translation, women’s literature in Europe and the Mediterranean, premodern globalities, and identity politics in Renaissance literature. She is a Member of Centre for the Renaissance and Reformation Studies (CRRS) (2022-), and a Fellow of Victoria University (2022-) at the University of Toronto. She works on the Nominating Committee of the Dante Society of America (2021-).


  • 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

Selected Publications



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