Isabella Gagliardi is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the University of Florence (Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Dipartimento di Studi Storici e Geografici). She studies the history of church’s institutions and of religious movements; she is interested in the cult of saints, in the transmission of hagiographic memory and, overall, in the history of religious experiences.
She teaches courses on History of the Middle Ages, Christian literature, and the documents of medieval Christianity, including extra-canonical sources, and saints’ lives.
Her publications include: “Novellus Pazus”. Storie di santi mediebali tra il Mar Caspio e il Mar Mediterraneo (secc. IV-XIV), Firenze, SEF, 2017; Sola con Dio. La missione di Domenica da Paradiso nella Firenze del primo Cinquecento, Firenze, Sismel, 2007; Li trofei della Croce. L’esperienza gesuata e la società lucchese tra Medioevo ed Età Moderna, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e letteratura religiosa, 2005; “I Pauperes Yesuati” tra esperienze religiose e conflitti istituzionali, Roma, Herder, 2004.
Education: degree in History at University of Siena; PhD in History at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa; she was recipient of a postdoc fellow (two-years) at the “Centro di Alti Studi in Scienze Religiose” (Piacenza) directed by Giovanni Filoramo. She was research fellow in medieval history at the University of Florence (2000-2001; 2003-2006): she taught “History of Christianity and Christian Churches” at the University of Siena (2002-2005). She had a scholarship at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen (1994), she collaborated with the University of Siena (1995-1998), and with the École Française de Rome (1999-2003, research project “Census of Christian shrines in Italy”).