About Me

Welcome to my page! I’m Amanda Madden, Director of Geospatial History at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. In the context of traditional historical fields, my primary area of geographical and temporal focus is Renaissance and Early Modern Italy. Within this field I do research on violence, politics, the state, women, and the family (sometimes but not always in combination). I’m also a digital humanist and digital historian whose work is largely field agnostic, with an emphasis on spatial history.

I’m collaborating on several digital history projects including a walking tour of civil rights-era Atlanta for Android and a GIS project, Mapping Violence in Early Modern Italy. I’m also a collaborator on a podcast, True Crime Italian Renaissance, whose first season is coming soon.

Modena, Italy, photograph by author

My first monograph, Civil Blood: Vendetta Violence and State Formation in Early Modern Italy is currently under consideration. I’ve written articles on vendetta and civic politics, teaching the Italian Renaissance with Assassin’s Creed II, and educational research evaluation and design.

I also rock climb, bake gluten-free, listen to Scandinavian death metal, read sci-fi and fantasy, and play video games when I can.

the author at LRC