I hold a PhD from the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute. I have been a researcher at the EUI from 2013 to 2018. Since May 2018 I work as a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for European History (Mainz, Germany) as part of the Horizon 2020 project RETOPEA.
My dissertation 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, was successfully defended in December 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.
I am strongly interested in interdisciplinary dialogues. This interest has developed because 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. Most recently, my current contacts at the Leibniz IEG with theologians and scholars of religion have opened up new lines of interest. 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.