Caroline Castiglione is Professor of Italian Studies and History. Her research interests include political, legal, gender, and women's history in Italy and Europe between 1500-1800. Her first book, Patrons and Adversaries: Nobles and Villagers in Italian Politics, 1640-1760 (Oxford University Press, 2005) won the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies in 2006. Her book Accounting for Affection: Mothering and Politics in Rome, 1630-1730 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) examines the symbiotic evolution of politics and mothering in early modern Rome. She is currently focusing on the political thought of the Venetian author Moderata Fonte.