Dr Anna-Luna Post

Postdoctoral Associate
University Positions
Research Associate
Specialising in
Early modern history

Anna-Luna Post’s main research interest is the culture of scholarship in early modern Europe. She has focused on the role of fame in academic careers through a case study of Galileo Galilei, and is currently working on a project regarding the entanglement between scholarship, commerce and politics in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic.

Academic interests

Anna-Luna Post’s academic interests include:

  • History of science
  • History of economic development
  • History of fame and celebrity.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, University of Amsterdam.
  • MA, University of Amsterdam.
  • PhD, Utrecht University.

Awards and prizes

  • Rubicon grant, Dutch Research Council (NWO), 2022.
  • Van Woudenberg Dissertation prize, Royal Dutch Institute Rome (KNIR), 2022.
  • Niels Stensen fellowship, 2021.
  • Short-term fellowship, Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences, 2020.
  • PhD Talent scholarship, Dutch Research Council (NWO), 2015.


Anna-Luna Post received her PhD in 2020 from Utrecht University. Her dissertation on Galileo Galilei’s fame and credibility was rewarded the Van Woudenberg dissertation prize for the best dissertation in the field of Italian studies between 2020-2022. During her PhD she worked as manuscript assistant for Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society (2017-2018) and co-edited the first English translation of Caspar Barlaeus’ oration Mercator Sapiens, published by Amsterdam University Press, in 2019.

Before coming to Cambridge, she was a Niels Stensen fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2021-2022) and held a lectureship in History at the University of Amsterdam (2020-2021). Since 2017 she has regularly appeared on various podcasts to discuss her research and/or pop culture.

In Cambridge she intends to work on two projects. The first is turning her dissertation into a monograph for publication. The second is her Rubicon project, which explores the commercial exploitation of knowledge in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic.

Other interests

Dogs, food, podcasts.

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Publications, links and resources

Find more information about Anna-Luna Post's publications and research on ORCID.

Recent publications include:

  • Post, A.-L. (2022) ‘Putting Galileo in his Place: Geographical Origins and the Rhetoric of Scholarly Credibility’, Renaissance Studies [Preprint].
  • Post, A.-L. (2022) ‘The Science and Myth of Galileo between the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Centuries in Europe, ed. Massimo Bucciantini’, The English Historical Review [Preprint].
  • Post, A.-L. (2020) ‘Claiming Fame for Galileo: Reputation and Scholarly Credibility in Early Modern Europe’ [dissertation].
  • Post, A.-L., (2020) ‘Galileo Galilei’ in Sgarbi, M. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy. Springer International Publishing.
  • Barlaeus, C. (2019) The Wise Merchant. Edited by A.-L. Post and C.R. Vermeulen. Amsterdam University Press.
  • Post, A.-L. and Weber, A. (2018) ‘Notes on the Reviewing of Learned Websites, Digital Resources, and Tools’, Isis, 109 (4), pp. 796–800.

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