Regular Faculty

Cynthia Polecritti
  • Title
    • Professor Emerita
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Italian Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-3356 (office), 831-459-2555 (message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 267 Stevenson College
  • Mail Stop Stevenson Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Italian Studies, Renaissance Studies, Popular Culture, Urban studies, Middle Ages
  • Courses HIS 65A, Medieval Europe: 200-1000; HIS 164A, Late-Medieval Italy, c. 1200–1400; HIS 164B, Renaissance Italy, c. 1400–1600; HIS 183A, Nineteenth-Century Italy; HIS 183B, Fascism and Resistance in Italy; HIS 196D, City of Rome; HIS 196Y, Saints and Holiness in Medieval Europe

Research Interests

Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Italy; social, cultural, and urban history; ritual and popular devotion

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • "In the Shop of the Lord: Bernardino of Siena and Popular Devotion," in Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy, P. Findlen, M. Fontaine, and D. Osheim, eds. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.
  • Preaching Peace in Renaissance Italy: Bernardino of Siena and His Audience. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2000.