Swiss-American Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, specializing in Renaissance and Islamic thought. She has a Lic.phil. from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and a Dr.phil. from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Germany). Before joining the University of Hawai‘i in 1995 she taught at the universities of Munich, Zurich (Switzerland), and at the UCLA. Professor Albertini has been awarded a number of national and international fellowships and grants, including a travel grant for Iran and Central Asia from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Her research in Renaissance philosophy focuses on Nicholas of Cusa (mathematics, cosmology), Marsilio Ficino (metaphysics, aesthetics) and Charles de Bovelles (sapientia, ars oppositorum, analogia) in whose works she detects an alternative type of rationality: inclusive and reconciliatory. She is also interested in the innovative use of mathematical figures and other visual means in Renaissance works as “philosophical language.”
Her publications include: "Nicholas of Cusa's Mathematics and Astronomy." In Introducing Nicholas of Cusa: A Guide to a Renaissance Man, ed. by Christopher M. Bellito, Thomas M. Izbicki, and Gerald Christianson (2004); “L’anima artista in Marsilio Ficino: Una filosofia della bellezza del pensiero.” In La Pluralità estetica. Lasciti e irradiazioni oltre il novecento, ed. by G. Marchianò (2001); “Der Mikrokosmos-Topos als Denkfigur der Analogie in der Renaissance aufgezeigt an der Philosophie Charles de Bovelles’.” In Das Analogiedenken - Vorstöße in ein neues Gebiet der Rationalitätstheorie, ed. by K. Gloy (2000); Marsilio Ficino: Die Vermittlung von Denken und Welt in einer Metaphysik der Einfachheit (1997); Verum et Factum. Beiträge zur Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance. Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Stephan Otto (1993).
She is currently working on a book on Charles de Bovelles with Cesare Catá and about to edit a special issue of Intellectual History Review with Michel Ferrari, also on Charles de Bovelles. She is the founder of "The International Charles de Bovelles Society."