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Catherine Kovesi

Catherine Kovesi is based at the University of Melbourne. Her main research interests are the discourses surrounding luxury consumption and greed in early modern Italy; Florentine family and political history; and the history of women religious in Australia. She is currently co-general editor of the forthcoming Bloomsbury six-volume A Cultural History of Luxury.

She has held Fellowships at Oriel College, Oxford, at the University of Western Australia, and at the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti.

Catherine has spent many months in the city of Venice. She brings students from Melbourne to Venice biannually, and is also a consultant for the Australia Council for the Arts cultural programme for supporters of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Italian History, University of Melbourne


  • 1991 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil Modern History