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Born and raised in Milan, I got a MA in Medieval History from the State University of Milan and a PhD in Historical Study from the University of Trent. Before I got the job at Parma (2010) I had a fellowship at Villa I Tatti, I was research fellow at Milan Statale and I taught at Milan Bicocca as a fixed-term lecturer. During the academic year 2016/17 I was a visiting fellow at All Souls College. I specialize in political-institutional and social history of late medieval Northern Italy, with a particular interest for (amongst other things) Parma and the surrounding territory, which I have been studying for about 25 years. Over the last 20 years I have given several papers and talks in Italy and abroad, and I have published numerous essays, articles and monographs. I am responsible for the teaching of Medieval History in the BA and in the MA courses of the DUSIC Department.

I still often go to the archives.   

After getting a degree in Medieval History from the State University of Milan in 1999 under the supervision of Giorgio Chittolini, I won a three-year grant for a doctoral course in Historical Studies at the University of Trent, where I completed a Phd thesis on Parma in the fifteenth century under the supervision of Gian Maria Varanini. Subsequently, I was awarded the Dombrowski Fellowship in History at Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center fo Italian Renaissance Studies, and from March 2006 to February 2010 I have been a research fellow in History at the State University of Milan. In 2010 I was appointed lecturer at Parma, where I am associateprofessor of Medieval History since December 2016. I am a member of the boards of the reviews Società e storia and Medievalismo - Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Estudios Medievales, and of the series Lombardia nel Rinascimento. During the academic year 2016/17 I have been a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

February 2019:

Tuesday 5th 10:30 - 12:30

Tuesday 12th 10:30 - 12:30
Tuesday 19th 12:30 - 14:30
Tuesday 26th 12:30 - 16:30

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015


Teacher tutor

  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2019/2020
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2018/2019

Other appointments

Head of the Degree Course in Humanities (2020 – )

Member of the University Libraries Committee for the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries (2017/18 – )

Member of the Academic Field 11 Committee - History, Philosophy, Education and Psychology (2018/19 - 2020/21)

Lines of research

My principal research interests focus on state-building processes in the later Middle Ages. I am working on the creation of the Lombard regional state and its structures; in particular, I studied urban political élites in Cremona and Parma and the role played by the great landed nobility of the Milanese Duchy, focusing on the lordships which are characteristic features of the Lombard political landscape from the mid-14th century to the Italian Wars; and the political networks of patronage and their impact on the relationship between centre and periphery in a territorial state. I also developed a strong interest in conflict and its managing, which I studied both from the perspective of faction (as a type of political action at an informal but also at an institutional level) and from the vantage point of the feud, considered as a complex system involving both blood taking and peacemaking, deeply intertwined with factional dynamics.



I have been carrying on research on Parma and its territory in the Late Middle-Ages since the mid-1990s. I work in cooperation with the State Archive of Parma, where I give lectures at the School of Archival Studies, Palaeography and Diplomatic; and I am a member of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Province Parmensi.


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Humanities Building

Strada Massimo D'Azeglio, 85

1st floor

History Unit