Eva Del Soldato (Graduate Chair)

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Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Graduate Chair, Italian
Graduate Group Member, Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory
Contact Information
Office Location: 
551 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2021: R 3-5 or by appointment [on Zoom, Skype (look for evadelsoldato), etc.]

Eva Del Soldato was trained in Philosophy and Intellectual History at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Her research is primarily devoted to Renaissance thought and culture, with a special attention to the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions. She also cultivates interests in history of the book, history of libraries and universities, and in Twentieth-century cultural institutions. She is the author of the monograph Simone Porzio (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2010), and of several articles and editions, including the Italian translation of Bessarion's In calumniatorem Platonis (2014). She has co-edited the volumes City, Court, Academy. Language Choice in Early Modern Italy (Routledge, 2017) and Harmony and Contrast. Plato and Aristotle in the Early Modern Period (Oxford University Press, 2022). Her monograph, Early Modern Aristotle. On the Making and Unmaking of Authority (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), is devoted to the strategic uses of Aristotle (and Plato) as authorities in the early modern period. Before joining Penn, she received - among others - fellowships from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Villa I Tatti, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, the Huntington Library in Pasadena and she has been Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. She is one of the coordinators of the project “Biblioteche filosofiche private in età moderna e contemporanea” (http://www.picus.unica.it/), a co-director of Bibliotheca Dantesca, and a member of several editorial boards, including Rinascimento and Manuscript Studies, and an editor of the Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana. She has been the interim Director (2019/2020) of the Global Medieval Studies Program at Penn, and she is currently the Executive Secretary of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS).


Recent Awards

STaRS Programme Visiting Professorship, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Department of Literature, Philosophy, and Communication (Summer 2022)

Senior Visiting Professorship, Università Statale di Milano, Dipartimento di Filosofia "Piero Martinetti" (Summer 2019)

Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Publications Grant, Villa I Tatti-The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2019)

SAS Conference Grant-URF Conference Grant (2018)

Huntsman Program Faculty Award (2017)

Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Faculty Research Fellowship, Alice Paul Center, University of Pennsylvania (Academic Year 2016-2017)

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (Summer 2015)

Salvatori Research Grant, Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, (Summer 2014, 2016, 2020)