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Mackenney, Richard S.

Ph.D., University of Cambridge,1982
Italian Renaissance, Early Modern Venice, Shakespeare.
Office: LT 807
Phone: (607) 777-4421   E-mail:

Professor Mackenney came to Binghamton in the Fall of 2006. He took his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Cambridge, and spent twenty-five years at the University of Edinburgh, where he became a Full Professor and Head of History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and served as a member of Council between 2003 and 2006. His research centres on the Renaissance, spanning the period between the 13th century and the 17th. He has special interests in the History of Venice and in Shakespeare's plays and their relationship to the broader context of Renaissance mentalities. His approach is consciously interdisciplinary, and he is particularly interested in the overlap and interaction of history, literature, the visual arts and music. Since his arrival in Binghamton, he has devoted his research and writing to a monograph on the guilds of Venice. As Polity of Mercy: The Spectrum of Representation in Venice, c.1250-c.1650, the fully revised text went out to readers in 2013. Among his most significant publications are:


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Doctoral Theses

Professor Mackenney has supervised 10 Ph.D.'s to successful completion, and the subjects demonstrate the range of his expertise and experience:

All of the above who wish to be in academic posts are in academic posts.

Professor Mackenney has also acted as External Examiner for the following doctoral theses in other Universities:

He is principal supervisor for the following working titles of dissertations in progress:


He offers the following taught courses:

Invited Lectures, Conference and Seminar papers:

A select list of Professor Mackenney's lectures and conference papers gives a further indication of his research interests:

Professor Mackenney's other interests include classical music, Shakespearean theatre, great books, museums and galleries, film, and conversation.


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Last Updated: 10/3/14