The Newberry is pleased to announce that Lia Markey will join the library this fall as director of its Center for Renaissance Studies. Founded in 1979, the center works with an international consortium of universities to foster a community of scholars interested in using the Newberry’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials for a variety of projects.
“Dr. Markey’s impressive experience at other major institutions means that she understands excellence in scholarship and programming; and her research on the global nature of the Renaissance aligns with several strengths in our collection,” said Brad Hunt, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. “She’s a great fit for us, and we are thrilled that she is joining the Newberry team.”
Currently serving as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Markey previously was the Hanna Kiel Fellow at Villa I Tatti in Florence and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Markey spent five years at Princeton University in various roles, including postdoctoral research associate, lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and curatorial assistant at Princeton’s Art Museum. She earned a PhD in art history at the University of Chicago, an MA in art history at Syracuse University, and a BA at DePaul University.
Markey has a forthcoming book due out this fall entitled Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence (Penn State University Press), and she is co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on the reception of the New World in early modern Italy for Cambridge University Press. She will arrive at the Newberry in September.