Emily O'Brien

Associate Professor


Research interests

  • Italian Renaissance
  • 15th C. humanism, politics and the papacy 
  • Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II, 1458-64)


  • PhD, History, Brown University
  • MA, History, Brown University
  • BA, History, University of Toronto


I came to SFU in the fall of 2005 as a lifelong easterner. I grew up in Toronto, did my B.A. at the University of Toronto and then headed south to Brown University in Rhode Island for my graduate work. My research interests in Renaissance Italy took me still further east to Rome and Florence, where I spent almost three years. While finishing my thesis, I taught for several years in Harvard's Expository Writing Program. I received my Ph.D. in History in the spring of 2005.