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Research overview

I am a doctoral candidate in the Italian Department at the University of St Andrews, and I am affiliated with the School of History at the University of Edinburgh. My PhD project, titled Gender and Faith in the Works of Moderata Fonte and Lucrezia Marinella, examines early modern religious and pro-woman literature penned by female authors. I seek to understand the role of the sacred sphere in the articulation of the first feminist arguments. My thesis challenges current understandings of the Italian feminist tradition, demonstrating that its roots are less secular and more ancient than commonly conceded. 

In the course of my PhD, I hope to bring wider public recognition to early modern women’s cultural production in Italy, reappraising the traditional, androcentric narratives of this historical period.

My doctoral research is co-supervised by Claudia Rossignoli and Stephen Bowd, and my studies are funded by a St Leonard's European Doctoral Award and by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via an SGSAH Scholarship. 

Teaching activity

In my roles as Graduate Tutor and Teaching Assistant, I contributed to the following modules: IT1001, Introduction to Italian; IT4024, Authority and Subversion in Renaissance Italy; IT4014, Female Literary Representations in the Italian Renaissance; IT4033, Elena Ferrante; Academic Skills Workshop.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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