Serena Ferente is a Professor of Medieval History in the History Department of the University of Amsterdam and the Director of Studies of the second research cycle of the Turin Humanities Programme (2022-2024), which is devoted to Political Thought and the Body: Europe and East Asia, ca. 1100-1650.
Her primary research interests lie in the political history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She has published widely on partisanship, elections, and political ideology, with a particular focus on city-states and actors resisting processes of state-building. She continues to work on the history of political languages and the use of body metaphors, including gendered metaphors and emotion-metaphors, in late medieval and Renaissance Europe. She is currently preparing the volume on fifteenth-century Europe for the new Oxford History of Medieval Europe, and researching the Genoese diaspora in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Her latest publications are Stato, stato regionale e storia d’Italia, in F. Benigno, & E. I. Mineo (Eds.), L’Italia come storia: primato, decadenza, eccezione (Viella, 2020), and Cultures of Voting in Pre-modern Europe (Routledge, 2018).