Brendan Dooley (PhD Chicago 1986), currently Professor of Renaissance studies at University College Cork, previously taught at Harvard, Notre Dame and Jacobs University Bremen. He works on the histories of culture and knowledge with reference to Europe and especially Italy and the Mediterranean world. Publications include Angelica's Book and the World of Reading in Late Renaissance Italy (Bloomsbury, 2016), A Mattress Maker's Daughter, the Renaissance Romance of Don Giovanni de' Medici and Livia Vernazza (Harvard, 2014), The Social History of Skepticism (Johns Hopkins, 1999), The Continuing Exercise of Reason: Public Addresses by George Boole (M.I.T. Press, 2018), and, as author/ editor, The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity in Early Modern Culture (Ashgate, 2010). Past engagements include the Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Italian at the University of Virginia as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with two Fulbright fellowships for study in Italy. From Fall 2009 he was UCC’s P.I. for the successful bid under PRTLI5 to establish a Digital Arts and Humanities PhD program in the major Irish HEIs. More recently (2019) he received the IRC’s Advanced Laureate Award with a project on the birth of news writing in Renaissance and Early Modern times.