Ramie Targoff is Professor of English, Co-Chair of Italian Studies, and the Jehuda Reinharz Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the American Academy in Rome. Her work focuses on the relationship between poetry and religion in the Renaissance. She is the author of three books, all published by the University of Chicago Press: Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion (2001); John Donne, Body and Soul (2008); and Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England (2014), which won Honorable Mention for the James Russell Lowell Prize from the MLA in 2015. She is also the co-editor with Stephen Greenblatt of Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici and Hydriotaphia, published by the New York Review of Books Classics (2012), and with Bernhard Jussen of Love after Death in the Mediterranean World from Antiquity through the Renaissance, Akademie Verlag, Berlin (2014). Her new book, Renaissance Woman: The Extraordinary Life and World of Vittoria Colonna, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in the winter of 2018.