I am a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln. I specialise in the cultural history of the medieval Western Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the Iberian Peninsula. My main areas of research include the History of Emotions, the study of medieval social communication and cultural networks, along with interfaith collaborations and political agreements.
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 (UK), where I also worked as a Teaching Fellow. I worked 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 in 2013.
My first monograph, Friendship in Medieval Iberia: Historical, Legal and Literary Perspectives, was published by Ashgate in 2014. I worked on the idea and representation of power in Medieval Castile and León between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries, as a member of an international research project led by the University of Salamanca (Spain). More recently, along with my research on ego-documents and ‘emotional memory’, I have been invited to join the Leverhulme-funded international research network ‘New Interpretations of the Angevin World’ (https://www.uea.ac.uk/angevin-world/people)
For a list of my publications, which include peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in edited collections, please click on the 'Research' tab.
I am currently working on a new project on Emotions, Communication and Diplomacy in medieval Iberia (with special attention devoted to the Crown of Aragon), which combines historical and literary methodologies to examine the instrumental adoption of emotional discourses across and beyond geopolitical, religious, linguistic and ethnic frontiers.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in June 2018 I was elected co-President of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (http://www.societymedievalmediterranean.com/) for which I have been working as a Treasurer since 2013 and I also co-organized its 4th International Conference in July 2015. In 2018 I was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Research Centre for Humanities, Institución Milá y Fontanals of Barcelona, which is part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
I am the Open Days Coordinator and Digital Leader for the School of History at the University of Lincoln, and I am particularly interested in developing e-learning projects aimed at enhancing our students’ learning experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- L1 coordinator for the team-taught module Friends and Enemies: A Thematic History
- 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
- Research Methods
- Saints and Scholars
- Director of research of a PhD project on ‘Legal Reform in the Age of Alfonso X of Castile’ (History of Political Thought). The PhD candidate will start in Sept 2018
- Digital Leader for the School of History
- Conversion Team Leader (Open Days and Offer Holders Days coordinator)
- Organizer of the School of History and Heritage Research Seminar Series with external speakers (2013-17)
- Welcome Week Coordinator (2013-17)
- Rep. for the School of History and Heritage for the University of Lincoln’s Education and Student Life Committee (College of Arts)