Who I am

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I was born in December 1986 in Trento (Italy) and I grew up in Borgo Valsugana, a lovely little town in the Alps. In the last ten years, I have lived in Bologna for most of the time; I live in Trento since 2015.

I am a freelance historian and editor, working with publishing companies, newspapers and other cultural organizations. I work mainly with history books (textbooks and academic books), dealing with many different aspects, from writing to translations, from proofreading to layouts. The main companies I collaborate with at the moment are Zanichelli and Viella – two of the leading companies in the field.

Generally speaking, I am very interested in spreading culture to the general public, and in exploring new ways to do it. For this reason, I manage a public history project on international history, and I blog on the Italian newspaper Il Post; I have also worked in cultural tourism.

In December 2014 I earned my Ph.D. at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca (Italy). My thesis was about the attempts at asserting the European Community as a distinctive international actor during the 1970s; the book drawn out of it has come out in June 2016: Sometimes Speaking with a Single Voice. The European Community as an International Actor, 1969-1979 (Brussels, PIE Peter Lang). My supervisors were Mark Gilbert (Johns Hopkins University) and Giovanni Orsina (LUISS Rome). I continue to do research, in 2016 I have been visiting fellow at the University of Turku (Finland) for the fall semester.

Before the Ph.D., I studied at the University of Bologna. I did my BA in international studies, then I moved to history, so my MA was in contemporary history. My MA’s dissertation was about the development cooperation policies of the European Community; the work was supervised by Mariuccia Salvati. I graduated cum laude, and during my studies I was also a student of the Collegio Superiore of the University of Bologna.

During my bachelor, I was an Erasmus student at the University of Manchester for nine months. As a master’s student, I spent two months at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. As a Ph.D. student, I spent six months at Sciences Po Paris and three months at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and I conducted archival research in Paris, Brussels, London, Cambridge, Berlin, Amsterdam, Florence and Rome.

During my studies, I spent a six-weeks working holiday in Ireland, I taught Italian to foreign students in Italy and in England, and I made translations from English to Italian. In 2009 I made an internship in the Laterza publishing company in Rome, working as an editor – this is where I decided that I would work in the publishing sector.

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