Linda L. Carroll (Harvard, Ph.D. 1977) is Professor of Italian at Tulane University, where she has taught since 1981. Her research interests focus on the interaction between cultural and historical forces in Renaissance Italy. She is particularly interested in the ways in which popular creative artists and leaders in the economic, religious, and political sphere(s) engaged one another to further their goals in a time of conflict, in the role of authorial choice in ritualistic performance, and in the place of Carnival in Western culture. She is the author of Language and Dialect in Ruzante and Goldoni (1981) and Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) (1990). She has also published articles on various aspects of the life and works of Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) based on original archival research and has published articles on Thomas More, Bibbiena, Carnival, Machiavelli, painters of the Renaissance--especially Giorgione, Dossi, and Titian--as well as on holy anorexia, gender issues, aging in Venice, Venetian literature and publishing, Goldoni, and Casanova. A related interest is translating texts of the Renaissance. She is translator for Venice, Cità Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo, an anthology of important passages edited by Patricia Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White (2008) and has published a new edition and translation of Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante), La prima oratione (2009). She has also written on aspects of professional life in the academy. She has received numerous grants, including awards from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Delmas Foundation. She received the Undergraduate Student Government John Stibbs Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2007 and the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2008.