Ariana Ellis is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, studying late medieval and early modern history. She received her Masters degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (2016) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (2015), where she was a Junior Fellow at Massey College from 2015-2020. 
Ariana’s work focuses on the interaction between popular culture and the civic rituals of public execution in London and Venice between 1400 and 1600. She employs methodologies of social, sensory, and emotional history, as well as digital humanities. Previously, she worked as an intern with the University of St. Andrews’ Open Virtual Worlds Group

2016-Present: PhD, University of Toronto, Department of History
2015-2016: Master of Arts, University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies
2011-2015: Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto​​​​​​​
Steering Committees
Game Studies Minor Program Development- UTM | November 2022-Present
Northern Heritage Network | October 2022-Present
This network connects partners and projects in: Iceland, Scotland, Faroe Islands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, England, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Jamaica, Perú, Chile, Costa Rica, and Canada.
Research Assistantships
Research Assistant | Dr. Larry Switzky | Game Studies Program Launch | January 2023-Present
Research Assistant | Decima Project | August 2019-Present
Research Assistant | Dr. Alexadra Bolintineanu | May 2019-September 2019
Research Assistant | Dr. William Robins | June 2015-December 2019
Researcher/Writer/Filmmaker | University of St. Andrews Digital Worlds Team | December 2013-June 2018 (May 2014-July 2014: Paid Internship)
Selected Grants, Awards, and Recognitions 
SSHRC Storytellers Challenge | Top Five Winner | 2022 
Member | Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice | 2022 
Ontario Graduate Scholarship | 2021 
University of Toronto TA Teaching Excellence Award | 2021 
Gladys Krieble Delmas Venetian Research Program Grant | 2021-22 
SGS Research Travel Grant | 2020 
Medieval Academy of America Shallek Award | 2020 
Junior Fellow | Massey College | University of Toronto | 2015-2020 
Mary H. Beatty Fellowship | 2015-2016 
Masters SSHRC- Canada Graduate Scholarship | 2015-2016 
NASA International Space Settlement Award | Second Place for Literary Merit | 2010 

Member | Canadian Historical Association | 2021-Present 
Member | Renaissance Society of America | 2018-Present
Member | Social History Society | 2018-Present
Member | Medieval Academy of America | 2017-Present
Member | Old Books New Science Digital Lab | University of Toronto | 2015-Present
Member | Open Virtual Worlds Team | University of St. Andrews | 2014-2016, Present