is associate professor at the Department of History, Cultures and Civilizations, University of Bologna, Italy, where he teachs Early Modern History. He was student and perfezionando at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where he earned his PhD in 2001. He was fellow in Naples (Istituto Italiano di Studi Filosofici), Coimbra (Instituto de História e Teoria das Ideias), Trent (Isig), and Turin (Fondazione L. Firpo). He was also enseignant chercheur invité at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. His publications include Lʼinfamia e il perdono. Tributi, pene e confessione nella teologia morale della prima età moderna (Bologna, mulino: 2004); (dir., with A. Prosperi and J. Tedeschi), Dizionario storico dellʼInquisizione, 4 vols. (Pisa, Edizione della Scuola Normale: 2010); (ed.), J.G. de Sepúlveda, Democrate. Dialogo sull’accordo tra la professione delle armi e la fede cristiana (Macerata-Rome, Quodlibet: 2015); (ed.), Storia del cristianesimo, vol. 3, L’età moderna (Rome, Carocci: 2015); (ed.), ‘Missiones castrensesʼ: Jesuits and Soldiers between Pastoral Care and Violence, Journal of Jesuit Studies, 4 (2017) (special issue); Dio in uniforme. Cappellani, catechesi cattolica e soldati in età moderna (Bologna, mulino: 2018).
is currently Heisenberg-Stipendiat of the German Science Foundation at the University of Bamberg. He is teaching early modern and environmental history at the university of Bochum since 2008 as Prof. (employed until 2017), early modern history since 2001 at Munich where he earned his PhD in 2003 from the LMU and the CESR Tours; Habilitation 2011. He earned fellowships for France, Italy, Germany, and the Max-Weber-Price of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 2010. He has been Fellow (2013–2015) and is Associate (2016, 2018) of the Harvard History Department and at CRASSH, Wolfson College (Cambridge University, 2014), Fellow (2017/18) and Associate (ongoing) at the Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt. He collaborates as nominator with the Humboldt Foundationʼs Anneliese-Maier-Award winner Professor Alan Mikhail (Yale). Monographs: Discorso and Lex Dei. Die Entstehung neuer Denkrahmen im 16. Jahrhundert und die Wahrnehmung der französischen Religionskriege in Italien und Deutschland (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: 2006), Der gezähmte Prometheus. Feuer und Sicherheit zwischen Früher Neuzeit und Moderne (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: 2011). The Political Thought of the French League and Rome, 1585–1589. De justa populi gallici ab Henrico tertio defectione and De justa Henrici tertii abdicatione (Jean Boucher, 1589) (Droz: 2016) and Imperial Unknowns. The French and the British in the Mediterranean, 1650–1750 (Cambridge University Press, 2016); last collective volume: The Dark Side of Knowledge. Histories of Ignorance, 1400–1800 (Brill 2016).