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Research Fellow, Alice Paul Center
Associate Professor of Italian, University of Delaware
Meredith K. Ray is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Delaware with a joint appointment in the Department of Women & Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include gender and early modern scientific culture, epistolary writing, convent culture, women's writing in the Seicento, and contemporary fictions of Renaissance Italy. She is the author of Writing Gender in Women's Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance (Toronto, 2009), which was awarded an American Association of Italian Studies Best Book Prize; and the co-editor of Arcangela Tarabotti's Lettere familiari e di complimento (Turin, 2005) and Arcangela Tarabotti: Letters Familiar and Formal (Toronto, 2012). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript entitled Chemical Weddings: Women, Scientific Culture and Literary Discourse in Early Modern Italy. She serves on the executive committee of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW), the editorial board of the University of Chicago Italian Women Writers Project, and as Italian Literature Track Director for the Sixteenth Century Studies Society and Conference (SCSC). She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Penn Humanities Forum. She is a 2013-2014 Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Alice Paul Center.