Full Professor
Member of the Centre's Scientific Committee "THE NEW INSTITUTE: Centre for Environmental Humanities (NICHE)"
Scientific sector (SSD)
www.unive.it/people/david.gentilcore (personal record)
Department of Humanities
Website: https://www.unive.it/dep.humanities
Where: Malcanton Marcorà
THE NEW INSTITUTE Centre for Environmental Humanities (NICHE)
Where: Ca' Bottacin

Born Hamilton, Canada, 1961


Academic Positions

1990-1992: Associate Director/Director, Canadian Academic Centre-Centro Accademico Canadese, Rome, Italy

1994: Wellcome Research Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, Department of History, as part of Wellcome Trust University Award, University of Leicester

1999: Reader in History, University of Leicester

2007-2020: Professor of Early Modern History, University of Leicester

2020-- : Professore ordinario di storia moderna, Universita' Ca' Foscari



1983: B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto, Double major in History and Italian Studies

1984: M.A. in History, McMaster University, Canada

1985: Independent Study, Università degli studi di Urbino

1990: Ph.D., University of Cambridge (History Faculty. Supervisors Peter Burke and Robert Scribner. Thesis: The system of the sacred in early modern Terra d’Otranto)


Research Scholarships and Fellowships

1984-1985: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy), university scholarship: held at the Università degli Studi di Urbino

1989-1990: Rome Scholar in History, British School at Rome, Italy

1990-1994: Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Cambridge (with leave for 1991-92). Junior Research Fellow (non-stipendiary), Churchill College, Cambridge.


Visiting Professorships

2000: Visiting Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London

2001-2002: Hannah Visiting Professor, McMaster University, Canada

2006: Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy 

2017-2018: European Institutes of Advanced Studies (EURIAS) senior fellow, IMéRA - Institut d’études avancées, Aix-Marseille Université, France 


Professional Activities


2008: Royal Society of Canada, ‘Jason A. Hannah’ medal for Medical charlatanism in early modern Italy

2012: ‘Salvatore De Renzi International Prize’ for the history of medicine, by the University of Salerno medical school and the Ordine dei Medici of Salerno, Italy.

Research Grants

2003-2004: Arts and Humanities Research Board, Leave Award (one semester’s study leave: £13,153)

2003-2008: Core member of the programme on ‘Cultures and Practices of Health’, held jointly at the Universities of Warwick and Leicester. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award (total value: £600,000)

2007-2010: PI, Leverhulme Trust three-Year Major Research Fellowship (value: £112,364). For project ‘The reception and assimilation of New World plants in Italy’

2013-2016: PI, Economic and Social Research Council, three-year research grant, for project ‘Rough Skin: Maize, Pellagra and Society in Italy, 1750-1930’ (value £430,000)

2019-- : PI, European Research Council, Advanced Grant. Six years (5+extension). ‘The Water Cultures of Italy, 1500-1900’ (value €2.45 million)