I am a scholar in social and political history and I am interested in the legal and economic activity of women in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period in Europe.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florence in 1994 (Dissertation: Siena nel secondo Trecento. Politica e struttura istituzionale dalla caduta dei Dodici alla dominazione viscontea, 1368-1399 [Siena in the second half of the Trecento: Politics and institutional structure from the Fall of the Dodici to the Visconti domination, 1368-1399]).
I completed my Masters in Gender Studies and my two B.A.s in Medieval History and Humanities at the University of Siena.
I have earned fellowships from the Robbins Collection at the University of California Berkeley, the Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Newberry Library, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) in Toronto, the Renaissance Society of America.