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Alison K. Frazier

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 1997, Columbia University

Alison K. Frazier


  • Phone: 512-475-6375
  • Office: GAR 2.109
  • Office Hours: Spring 2016: M 2-3pm and Th 8-9am and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000


Premodern saints' lives | biblical exegesis | manuscript and print culture | Machiavelli and torture | Consolatoria


Alision Frazier is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies.  She received a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.  Prof. Frazier is a historian of medieval and Renaissance Europe, especially Italy.  Her research interests include medieval saints' lives, biblical exegesis, and manuscripts and print culture.  Her book Possible Lives: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy, received the 2006 Gordon Prize from the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance Studies.  Prof. Frazier has garnered wide recognition for her teaching abilities, receiving the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award in 2003.  She was also granted the Harvard University's Villa I. Tatti Residential Fellowship in 2005 and the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2006.


Books & Articles

  • "Liturgical Humanism: Saints' Offices from the Italian Peninsula." For A.M. Busse Berger and J. Rodin, eds., Cambridge Companion to Fifteenth-Century Music. New York: Cambridge University Press.  2015. 310-329.
  • Ed., The Saint Between Manuscript and Print (Italy 1400-1600). Toronto: Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies. 2015. Introduction;translation of five of the twelve articles.
  • Co-ed. with Patrick Nold. Essays in Renaissance Thought and Letters. In Honor of John Monfasani. Leiden: Brill Press, 2015. Introduction; translation of three articles.
  • “Biography as an Genre of Moral Philosophy” in D.A. Lines and S. Ebbersmeyer, eds., Rethinking Virtue, Reforming Society: New Directions in Renaissance Ethics (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 215-49.
  • Sub-ed., Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, ed. M. Israels and L. Waldman. Florence: Villa I Tatti-Harvard University/ Olschki, 2013. In charge of sixteen articles.
  • “Who Wrote the First Life of Lorenzo de’ Medici?” in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, ed. M. Israels and L. Waldman (Florence: Villa I Tatti, Harvard University / Olschki, 2013).58-63.
  • “Humanist Lives of St. Catherine of Siena” in J. Hamburger and G. Signori, eds.,  Catherine of Siena: The Creation of a Cult (Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 109-34.
  • “Les Augustins patrons d’un humaniste laïc? Le cas de Giovanni Garzoni de Bologne” in C. Caby and R.M. Dessi, eds., Les Humanistes et l’Eglise. Pratiques culturelles et échanges entre les litterati laïcs et ecclésiastiques (Italie, début XIIIe-début XVIe siècle). Paris/Nice: CNRS, 2012.  Pp. 195-214.
  • A Layman’s Life of St. Augustine: Patronage and Polemic” with edited text and appendix. Traditio 65 (2010): 231-86.
  • “Luca della Robbia’s Narrative on the Deaths of Boscoli and Capponi.”  In The Art of Executing Well:  Rituals of Execution in Renaissance Italy, edited by N. Terpstra.  Kirksville, MO:  Truman State University Press, 2008.
  • “Machiavelli, Trauma, and the Scandal of The Prince:  An Essay in Speculative History.”  In History in the Comic Mode:  Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, edited by R. Fulton and B. Holsinger.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2007.
  • Possible Lives:  Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2005.
    Winner of the 2006 Gordon Prize from the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance Studies.
  • “The First Instructions on Writing about Saints:  Aurelio Brandolini (c.1454-97) and Raffaele Maffei (1455-1522).” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 48 (2003).
  • “Katherine’s Place in a Renaissance Collection:  Evidence from Antonio degli Agli (c. 1400-1477), De vitis et gestis sanctorum.”  In St. Katherine of Alexandria.  Texts and Contexts in Western Medieval Europe, edited by Jacqueline Jenkins and Katherine Lewis.  Brepols:  Turnhout, 2003.


The Death of Pietro Paolo Boscoli: In the Mirror of THE PRINCE. Annotated translation of Luca della Robbia’s Recitazione, with three introductory chapters and appendices. Toronto: CRRS, expected submission 2016.

“Latin / Vernacular, Manuscript / Print, Venice / Siena: The Life of St. Catherine of Siena [BHL 1706a] by Lay Professor of Humanities Niccolò Borghesi (1432-1500)” with an edition of the text. In preparation.


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