Diego Pirillo (PhD., Scuola Normale Superiore) is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, having previously taught at the Scuola Normale Superiore and at the University of Pisa. He has held fellowships and grants at various institutions (including the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, the Newberry Library, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley).
His research interests focus on early modern philosophy, heterodoxy and political thought, with special attention to the history of books and reading. He is the author of Filosofia ed eresia nell'Inghilterra del tardo Cinquecento: Bruno, Sidney e i dissidenti religiosi italiani (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2010) and among the contributors to the Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) and to the Ashgate Research Companion to Anglo-Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture (Farnham: Ashgate, in press). He is currently working on a new monograph (tentatively entitled Heretical Readers: Prohibited Books in the Anglo-Italian Renaissance) which concentrates on the Italian Protestant reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, examining their reading practices and their role as intelligencers, cultural brokers and news-gatherers between courts, embassies and print shops. Among his most recent articles are "Balance of Power and Freedom of the Seas: Alberico Gentili and Richard Hakluyt" (in Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), "Republicanism and Religious Dissent: Machiavelli and the Italian Protestant Reformers" (in Machiavellian Encounters in Tudor and Stuart England: Literary and Political Influences from the Reformation to the Restoration, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), and "Tasso at the French Embassy: Epic, Diplomacy and the Law of Nations" (in Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).