I completed my first degree in European Languages and Cultures at the University of Catania (Italy), before undertaking my doctoral research in Medieval Iberian Studies at the University of Exeter. I worked at the University of Exeter and as a Lecturer in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London, before joining the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln.
Alongside the publication of a number of journal articles and chapters in edited collections, I published my monograph Friendship in Medieval Iberia: Historical, Legal and Literary Perspectives with Ashgate in 2014.
I am interested in the cultural history of the medieval Western Mediterranean and in particular in thirteenth-century Iberia. My main areas of research include the history of emotions, the study of social and cultural networks, interfaith collaborations and political agreements, among others. I also worked on the idea and representation of power in Medieval Castile and Leon between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries, as a member of an international research project with the University of Salamanca (Spain). More recently, I have been invited to join the Leverhulme-funded research network ‘New Interpretations of the Angevin World’.
I am currently working on ego-documents and ‘emotional memory’, focusing on a number of fascinating case studies, such as the Catalan biographies and autobiographies produced between the 13th and 14th centuries.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Treasurer of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, for which I also co-organized the 4th International Conference in July 2015. Moreover, as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Digital Leader for the School of History at the University of Lincoln, I am also interested and actively involved in the development of e-learning projects aimed at enhancing the students’ learning experience in Medieval Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- L1 coordinator for the modules: East meets West: Conflict and Coexistence in the Mediterranean, c. 500-1250 and Friends and Enemies: A Thematic History, both team-taught.
- L2: Urban Life and Society in the Middle Ages (coordinator)
- L3: Chivalry in Medieval Europe (coordinator)
- Private and Public Emotions in the Middle Ages (coordinator)
- Medieval Iberia: People, Power and Place (coordinator)
- Research Methods
- Saints and Scholars
- Digital Leader for the School of History
- Organizer of the School of History and Heritage Research Seminar Series (External Speakers)
- Conversion Team Leader (Open Days and Offer Holders Days coordinator)
- Welcome Week Coordinator
- Rep. for the School of History and Heritage for the University of Lincoln’s Education and Student Life Committee (College of Arts)