Melissa Moreton

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bookbinding

At the Center for the Book, Moreton teaches Bookbinding I and book history courses such as 'The Book Form in Western Culture' and 'The Late Medieval Book [1300-1500].' In 2016-17 she will hold a Postdoc Research Fellowship for the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Cultural and Textual Exchanges: The Manuscript Across Pre-Modern Eurasia." This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural project brings together scholars of history and religion, book conservators and practitioners to chart the development and movement of manuscript technologies across Asia and Europe during the period c. 400-1450 AD.

Moreton holds an MA in Italian Renaissance Art History (Syracuse U., Florence, 2004), a Graduate Certificate in Book Studies and Technologies (UI Center for the Book, 2009) and a Ph.D. in History (University of Iowa, 2013). In 2013, she was the recipient of the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize, awarded by the UIOWA Graduate College for excellence in doctoral research. Her recent dissertation and publications focus on book production and exchange by religious women in Renaissance and early modern Italy (1350-1650). Her current research examines the influence of Islamic and Byzantine book decoration on Italian Humanist manuscripts in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Florence.