Katherine Tycz

Katherine Tycz


  • KY16 9QW

    United Kingdom

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Dr. Katherine Tycz ‘s interdisciplinary research engages with early modern Italian devotional practices and material culture, focusing on the material text and print culture. She is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Universal Short Title Catalogue at the University of St Andrews.

From 2021-2023, Katherine was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Discipline of Italian at the University of Galway, where she was based in the Moore Institute. At the University of Galway, she pursued her current research project on 'Printed Prayers in Italy, c. 1460-1660'. She has also previously held an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine earned her PhD in Italian from the University of Cambridge in 2018, where she was a member of the European Research Council-funded project, Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home (Principal Investigators: Abigail Brundin, Deborah Howard, and Mary Laven). As part of the project, she assisted with the curation and planning of the 2017 exhibition Madonnas & Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy at the Fitzwilliam Museum and contributed to the eponymous exhibition catalogue. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Italian & Art History from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Arts in the History of the Decorative Arts, Design History, & Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

She has taught Italian literature, the history of medieval and Renaissance religion, the history of material culture and decorative arts, and the history of glass at the University of Cambridge, the University of Pennsylvania, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design respectively. Katherine has also worked on curatorial and collections research projects for permanent collections and for exhibitions in museums in the US and UK. Katherine has published on Italian decorative arts and material culture, women in early modern Italy, early modern devotional objects and practices, print culture, and daily life in Renaissance Europe.