Amanda G Madden

Amanda G Madden

Amanda G Madden

Assistant Professor

European History: Digital History, Spatial History. Renaissance and Early Modern Italy, Social History, History of Crime and Violence, Women and Gender, Pedagogy

Amanda Madden is Assistant Professor of History and Director of Geospatial History at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). Her current area of research focus is the social history of violence in early modern Italy which includes her current book project, Civil Blood: Vendetta Violence in Early Modern Italy and the collaborative spatial history project, Mapping Violence in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1750. Her next book project uses network analysis and spatial history to trace women's networks in early modern Italy and examine how these networks made and re-made gender and the family. She is also collaborating with a team of students to create a civil rights tour app for Atlanta.

She is a former Marion L Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in digital pedagogy at Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Scientist for the Center for 21st Century Universities, and lecturer for the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She received her PhD from Emory University in 2011 and her MA in Medieval Studies from The Medieval Institute at Western University in 2005.

Selected Publications

“‘And I Will Delight at Having Taken my Vendetta’: Women and Vengeance in Early Modern Italy, a Corpora Analysis” (in progress)

“Vendetta Violence and Women’s Legal Agency in Early Modern Italy,” (accepted for publication)

“‘More than a Just Side Quest: The Non-Gamer’s Guide to Using Video Games Productively in the Classroom” The Sixteenth Century Journal (in press)

“Requiescat in Pace: The Afterlife of the Borgia in Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,” in The Fortunes of the Borgia Family, ed. JM DeSilva (Routledge, 2019)

“Hybrid histories: Blending a first-year Composition Course using Assassin’s Creed II” in Blended Learning: A Guide for Researchers and Practitioners eds, Amanda Madden, Lauren Margulieux, Ashok Goel, and Robert Kadel (Boston, MA: MIT Press, 2019), 249-68.

“ ‘Una causa civile’: Vendetta Violence and Governing Elites in Early Modern Modena,” in Aspects of Violence in Renaissance Europe, ed. Jonathan Davies. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 205-224.

Grants and Fellowships

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Venetian Studies, 2020

American Historical Association, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, 2018

Courses Taught

HIST 390: The Digital Past

HIST 615/635/688: Mapping Violence in Early Modern Europe and America


Ph.D, History, Emory University, 2011

M.A., Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 2005

B.A., Humanities, University of Kansas, 2002

Recent Presentations

“Like Guelphs and Ghibellines: Factional Identities and Vendetta Violence in Sixteenth-Century Italy,” Renaissance Society of America, virtual, 2021.

“‘If He Shall Not be in the Duke’s Grace’” Familial Strategies, Pacification, and State Formation in Early Modern Modena.” American Historical Association, New York, NY January 3-6, 2020

Panelist, “Gaming to Learn: Pedagogical Uses of Video Games, Board Games, and Role-Playing Simulations (Sponsored by The Sixteenth Century Journal)” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, October 17-20, 2019.

“A New Crusade: Medieval Germania and the Holy War against the Alt-right in Rammstein’s Music Video Deutschland.” ISSM: International Society for the Study of Medievalism Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 20-21.