Cynthia Polecritti

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
AffiliationsItalian Studies
Phone831-459-3356 (office),
831-459-2555 (message)
Office267 Stevenson College
Office HoursFall 2017: Fridays, 1:15 to 3:15
Campus Mail StopStevenson Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Cynthia Polecritti

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.

Courses Taught

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