Diego Pirillo

Italian Studies

Diego Pirillo (Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore) is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is affiliated with the UC Berkeley Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and with the Interdisciplinary Faculty Program “Diplomacy and Culture,” based at the Institute of International Studies. His research interests focus on Renaissance and early modern philosophy, heterodoxy and political thought, with special attention to the history of books and reading. Along with several articles and book chapters, he is the author of Filosofia ed eresia nell’Inghilterra del tardo Cinquecento: Bruno, Sidney e i dissidenti religiosi italiani (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2010) and (with O. Catanorchi) of Favole, metafore, storie. Seminario su Giordano Bruno (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2007). He is currently working on a new monograph (tentatively titled Heretical Networks: Cross-Confessional Diplomacy in Renaissance Europe) which concentrates on the Italian Protestant reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, examining their reading practices and their role as intelligencers, cultural brokers and news-gatherers between courts, embassies and print shops. Among his most recent articles are “‘Questo buon monaco non ha inteso il Macchiavello’: Reading Campanella in Sarpi’s Shadow” (Bruniana & Campanelliana, 2014/1) and “The Council and the ‘Papal Prince’: Trent Seen by the Italian Reformers” (California Italian Studies, in press).