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.