Diego Pirillo (Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore) is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe, with an emphasis on Italy and England. His research interests include the history of religion, the history of information and communication, the intellectual history of modern and contemporary Italy with particular attention to philosophy of religion and political philosophy. Along with several articles and book chapters, he is the author of Filosofia ed eresia nell’Inghilterra del tardo Cinquecento: Bruno, Sidney e i dissidenti religiosi italiani (2010) and (with O. Catanorchi) of Favole, metafore, storie. Seminario su Giordano Bruno (2007). His new book The Diplomacy of Refugees: Venice, England and the Reformation (forthcoming with Cornell University Press) is the first systematic study dedicated to the role played by religious refugees in early modern international relations.The Diplomacy of Refugees brings to light the many diplomatic functions performed by religious refugees and recovers the complexity of early modern diplomacy in an age in which states did not have a full monopoly on international relations.