Bella Mirabella, associate professor of literature and humanities, specializes in Renaissance studies, with a focus on drama, theater, performance and gender. She is the editor the book, Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories ; co-editor of Left Politics and the Literary Profession, and has written articles on women, performance and sexual politics in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, including “Mute Rhetorics: Women, Dance, and the Gaze in Renaissance England,” “‘Quacking Delilahs’: Female Mountebanks in Early Modern England and Italy,” and “‘A Wording Poet:’ Othello Among the Mountebanks,” as well as "Queen Elizabeth and the Dance of Diplomacy."Her current work includes an analysis of place, object and performance in the Renaissance. Since 1987, Professor Mirabella has directed and taught Gallatin’s Renaissance Humanities Seminar in Florence, Italy. She has received Gallatin’s Adviser of Distinction Award as well as NYU’s Great Teacher Award.