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MemberBethany Wasik

I currently acquire projects in the fields of Archaeology and the Classics (History).   Prior to joining the acquisitions team at Cornell University Press in May 2015, I completed a Ph.D. and two postdoctoral fellowships in molecular genetics and evolutionary biology. My transition from academics to publishing was fueled not only by a passion for editing and reviewing scholarly content, but also a desire to promote that content to a larger audience. While I have a significant biology background, I also minored in anthropology and archaeology and am eager to build our publication list in this area, along with ancient and classical history. My other passions include hiking, genealogy, bourbon, and creating Twitter hashtags (#Acquisitioning, #LetsPublishSomeBooks, etc.)

MemberPeter Sposato

I am an associate professor of History at Indiana University Kokomo. I earned my PhD in History from the University of Rochester, where I worked with Richard Kaeuper. Bill Caferro has been an invaluable mentor in all things Florentine, archival, and military. My first book, Forged in the Shadow of Mars: Chivalry and Violence in Late Medieval Florence (under contract with Cornell University Press), focused on the intersection of chivalry, elite culture, and violence in Due- and Trecento Florence. My second book project focuses on identity formation among marginalized elites in fourteenth and fifteenth century Florence, a process which involved holding military offices in the contado, providing advice to the Florentine government on military matters, and, perhaps most importantly, cultivating military careers. It will also consider how these men asserted their claimed identities in perpetuity, mainly through the commissioning of tomb effigies and funerary monuments with clear knightly or military themes. While in other parts of Europe these martial activities and acts of commemoration were central pillars of the dominant brand of elite identity, in Florence they were often more closely associated with elites who found themselves at the margins of Florentine politics and economically disadvantaged. 

MemberCollin Cornell

Collin Cornell is visiting assistant professor of biblical studies for the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He edited the volume Divine Doppelgängers: YHWH’s Ancient Look-Alikes for Penn State University Press, and his monograph, Divine Aggression in Psalms and Inscriptions, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His interests include history of religions, biblical theology, and pedagogy.