Kathleen lived and studied in Italy for a number of years, and then taught Italian language, literature and history at the University of Sydney. Kathleen has a research interest in fifteenth-century Italy, particularly through paleography and documentary editing. She has worked on editions of plays written by sixteenth-century Tuscan nuns, and her PhD was an edition of the Codex Rustici, a celebrated fifteenth-century commonplace book compiled by a Florentine artisan. She has published scholarly papers on its author, Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici, most recently in Renaissance Studies 23.5, and her English translation of his description of Florence and its churches is forthcoming.

Kathleen’s recent research is on literary constructions of memory and identity in fifteenth-century Florence (particularly lists), and the mnemonic functions of and sources for medieval Italian city descriptions.