A native of New York City, Lisa Kaborycha grew up in California where she studied at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a B.A. in Comparative Literature, an M.A. in Italian Studies, and a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern European History. Her area of specialty is the cultural and social history of Renaissance Florence; she has extensively researched fifteenth-century Florentine manuscripts known as zibaldoni. The author of A Short History of Renaissance Italy (Prentice Hall, 2010) and A Corresponding Renaissance: Letters Written by Italian Women 1375-1650 (Oxford University Press, 2015), Dr. Kaborycha has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and a fellowship with Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. She taught history for seven years at the University of California, Berkeley, before accepting a research position with the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy.
Archival research is a major part of her activity, involving many hours of work studying documents at the Florentine State Archive. Trained in Renaissance paleography (the reading of mercantesca hand in fifteenth-century Florentine manuscripts), Kaborycha is at work on an extensive survey of Quattrocento zibaldoni, but she is equally passionate about teaching.
Kaborycha currently teaches courses on Renaissance history
for the University of California’s study abroad program in Florence, which allows her to take students onsite to experience the world of Renaissance Florence in the churches, convents, palazzi, and countryside where it all took place. She also teaches for the History of Art Department at the British Institute in Florence, delivering lectures on the art, culture, and politics of the Italian Renaissance. When not studying or teaching, she enjoys exploring Florence and beyond, taking long walks in the Tuscan countryside.