Dr Giovanna Vitelli is Director of the University Engagement Programme at the Ashmolean Museum, which is tasked with expanding the use of the museum’s collections across the full range of Oxford’s faculties. The UEP, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an acknowledged leader in the field of cross-disciplinary teaching and a catalyst for new academic approaches to integrating material culture in the curriculum. Giovanna, together with her UEP colleagues, was awarded a 2015 Oxford Teaching Excellence Award.
Giovanna is an archaeologist and anthropologist who has done field work and taught in Europe, North Africa, and North America; her research and teaching interests centre on the early modern period, with emphasis on 17th and 18th century social history and the relationship between people and things.
Giovanna has taught extensively across Oxford’s departments using the collections of the Ashmolean; she is also co-teaching with curatorial colleagues in the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of the History of Science, and, with faculty colleagues, co-convening courses in other departments.