Caroline Murphy, M.A.

Doctoral Fellow

Caroline Murphy is a PhD candidate from the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in residence as a doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz in the departments of Hannah Baader and Gerhard Wolf. Her research examines links between infrastructure, environmental planning, and political economy in late Renaissance Italy, with a current focus on the design of the aqueous landscape in grand ducal Tuscany during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Secondary interests include the visual and material culture of religious antiquarianism in Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, and the historiography of the discipline of Renaissance studies. Her research has been supported by the MIT's Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Fellowship, Department of Architecture, and Science and Technology Initiatives, as well as by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She holds a SMArchS degree from MIT, and a BA from the University of Toronto.

  • Politics of environment and ecology in early modern Italy
  • Infrastructural and hydraulic planning
  • Theories of state formation, territory, and connectivity

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