Sirpa Salenius is the author of
• Set in Stone: 19th-century American Authors in Florence (2003)
• Florence, Italy: Images of the City in Nineteenth-Century American Writing (2007)
and the editor of
• American Authors Reinventing Italy: The Writings of Exceptional Nineteenth-Century Women (2009)
• Sculptors, Painters, and Italy: Italian Influence on Nineteenth-Century American Art (2009)
Dr. Salenius is also the editor of the OltreOceano-TransAtlantic Transitions book series on nineteenth-century American artists and writers in Italy. Her conference presentations and publications examine the Grand Tour and the influence of Italy on the lives and works of such American authors and artists as James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Henry James, and Harriet Hosmer. She has also written about the antebellum South and nineteenth-century American constructions of race.
She received her Master’s degree from the University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze) and her Ph.D. from the University of Joensuu (now University of Eastern Finland).