Paula Findlen is an award-winning historian who has spent the past few years developing a collaborative, NEH-funded digital humanities project, "Mapping the Republic of Letters," to analyze and present networks of knowledge and information in early modern Europe, its overseas colonies, and its global mercantile and religious communities. She is currently working on a project of Galileo’s correspondence. Findlen’s research focuses on science and culture in the age of Galileo, the history of museums, collecting and material culture, and gender and knowledge. Findlen is currently Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and Chair of the History Department at Stanford University. A recipient of numerous awards, including Guggenheim, Getty, NEH, and ACLS fellowships, Findlen's publications include the prize-winning Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (1994) and, most recently, Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800 (2013).