Lia Markey is the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She specializes in artistic and cultural exchange between Italy and the Americas, Medici patronage, prints and drawings, and the history of collecting. Her recent book, Imagining the New World in Medici Florence, examines the Medici engagement with the Americas and its effects on collecting and art production in sixteenth-century Florence. She is currently co-editing an interdisciplinary edited volume on the reception of the New World in early modern Italy, currently under contract with Cambridge University Press. Dr. Markey has published articles in various edited volumes, in the Journal of the History of Collections and in Renaissance Quarterly. She has also contributed to several museum exhibition catalogues, including, most recently, Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum. Her teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate courses in Renaissance art, Colonial Latin American art and collecting history at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University. She completed her PhD in art history in 2008 at the University of Chicago and has held fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Villa I Tatti, the Warburg Institute, the Folger Library and the Kunsthistorisches Institute.