After completing an undergraduate degree at Monash University I became a secondary school teacher and taught for a number of years in Victorian government schools. I returned to study after an extended period in Italy and completed both an MA and a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Melbourne.

I have worked at Monash University since 2000 when I was appointed to a Cassamarca Lectureship, shared between the Schools of Historical Studies and Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (Italian Program). My masters and doctoral research focused on the late fifteenth century Italian writer, Giovanni Sabadino degli Arienti, and since then I have worked on several new archival-based projects in Renaissance cultural history. A post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti in 2001/2002 allowed me to complete research on the Gonzaga correspondence in the State Archive of Mantua and to investigate the history of the European letter with particular emphasis on women’s use of the letter between the 14th-16th centuries