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Biography

I have been a PhD researcher in the Department of history at the EUI since 2013. Since May 2018 I work as a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for European History (Mainz, Germany).

My dissertation is focused on the role of the hometown and social background in commercial networks in Early Modern Europe (case of the Florentine merchant community in Antwerp, ca. 1500-1585). (see section ‘research’ for a more extensive discussion of my project) My dissertation, supervised by Luca Mola and Regina Grafe, is submitted since August 2018.

Apart from doing research, I have gained substantial teaching experience throughout my career. Before coming to the EUI, I worked for two years (2011-2013)  as a teaching assistant in the research group of Early Modern history at KU Leuven (Belgium). During my time at EUI, I guest lectured in Belgium and at EUI. In the academic year 2016-2017 I was the tutor for the Zotero research managment software package at EUI.

I was trained as a historian at the University of Antwerp (MA 2009) and took an additional interdisciplinary degree in Medieval & Renaissance Studies at KU Leuven (MA 2011). Based on my MA work in Antwerp and Leuven, I published two peer reviewed journal articles. 

As a result of my training and work experience in Leuven’s faculty of Arts, where scholars of literature, linguistics, art history, archeology and area studies are the closest neighbours of historians, as well as my time at the European University Institute, where lawyers, sociologists, political scientists and economists regularly were my interlocutors, and my current contacts at the Leibniz IEG with theologians and scholars of religion, I am strongly interested in interdisciplinary dialogues. My own work has evolved because of these diverse experiences and it has made me more sensible to the distinctive role of history as a discipline at the intersection of the humanities and the social sciences.