- Associate Professor
- Director of Graduate Literature Program
- Interim Director of University Honors Program
- Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 2001
- M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 1995
- B.A., Comparative Literature, University of Georgia, 1994
- Renaissance literature
- Medicine, the body, and literature
- Scientific revolution
- Early modern anatomy, dissection, surgery
- Early modern midwifery
- Disease, pain and representation
- Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)
- “Civility, Comportment, and the Anatomy Theater: Girolamo Fabrici and His Medical Students in Renaissance Padua” in Renaissance Quarterly 60 (2007): 434–463.
- “Juan Valverde de (H)Amusco and Print Culture: the Editorial Apparatus in Vernacular Anatomy Texts” in Proceedings from Perceiving Bodies: Anatomies in Early Modern Europe, Center for Research in Early Modern History, Culture and Science, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-universitaet Frankfurt am Main, 2 vols. (2005): 78-94.
- “A History of Anatomy Theaters in Sixteenth-Century Padua” in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 59, no. 3 (2004): 375-412.
- “Theaters of Anatomy: Visual, Tactile and Conceptual Modes of Apprehension” in Theatrum anatomicum, Frei Universitaet (Berlin) (England: Brill) forthcoming
- “The Renaissance”, Gender Myths and Beliefs and Scientific Research, ed. Sue Rosser (ABC-CLIO Inc.), forthcoming
- “Health”, co-authored with Narin Hassan, Gender Myths and Beliefs and Scientific Research, ed. Sue Rosser (ABC-CLIO Inc.), forthcoming
Grants & Awards
- Villa i Tatti Fellowship, Harvard University, September 2007-June 2008
- American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship, September 2007-July 2008
- Boston Countway Library of Medicine, Fellowship, December 2005, May-June 2006
- NEH Summer Stipend, May-August, 2005
- Francis Bacon Fellow, Huntington Library, June-August, 2005
- Renaissance Society of America, travel grant, May 2005
- Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Research in Venice, May-June, 2004
Work in Progress
Professor Klestinec is currently working on two projects. The first is a study of Lucrezia Marinella’s On the Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men (1600, 1601) and her use of prudence, the practical intellect, and Aristotle’s Ethics (book 6) to imagine a new, public woman in the Renaissance. The second is a project on the culture of reprint for sixteenth-century surgery texts that examines the intersection of surgery texts, print circulation, and the history of the book. In conjunction with this, Professor Klestinec is currently an Altman fellow at the Humanities Center at Miami.