I am a departmental lecturer in Early Modern History, based at Balliol College.
Prior to joining Balliol, I received a joint doctorate from the Universities of Kent and Porto in 2015. In 2012, I obtained a MA degree in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from Kent, after having completed a BA and a MA in History at the University of Roma Tre (2007-2011).
At Oxford, I teach early modern European and global history and I lecture on the Portuguese Empire, the Spanish Conquest of the Americas, as well as early modern European diplomacy.
I have published on the Spanish faction at James I’s court and I am currently co-editing (with Dr Sara Wolfson) a collection of essays on Stuart dynastic politics in the first half of the seventeenth century (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming). I am also preparing a chapter on ‘Trade and Piracy in the marriage treaties of the 1620s’ for an edited volume to be published by Palgrave, and revising my PhD thesis for a monograph on The Global Spanish Match.
FORTHCOMING: Valentina Caldari and Sara Wolfson (eds.), Diplomacy and Marriage: Early Stuart Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630 (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2016/2017).
My broad research interests are in European political and diplomatic history, and in the global connectedness of the early modern world.
For my doctorate, I addressed the end of the Anglo-Spanish Match negotiations for a union between Prince Charles and the Spanish Infanta María in the period 1617-1624, by placing reasons for its failure in the global context within which European diplomacy and dynastic politics were played out in the early seventeenth century. My research depicted a more composite picture of Anglo-Iberian relations not only by expanding the geographical boundaries of the investigation but also by demonstrating the extent to which reason of state, entangled with new imperial rivalries, played a much greater role in the marriage diplomacy than has previously been recognised.
I am currently writing on the way that Spain portrayed quintessentially English events - such as the Parliament of 1621 - in its own political discourse, on Portugal as a global empire, and on trade and piracy.
'There is no Frendship among princes but for their owne interests’. The Spanish Faction at James I’s court, 1603-1625
The Secret Mechanisms of Courts: Factions in Early Modern Europe
Stuart Marriage Diplomacy
The Dissolution of the 1621 Parliament through Spanish Eyes
Stuart Marriage Diplomacy
Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630
Trade and Piracy: The Role of a Potential Queen Consort in the 1620s
Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens
This collection brings together essays examining the international influence of queens, other female rulers, and their representatives from 1450 through 1700, an era of expanding colonial activity and sea trade.