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Lavinia Maddaluno is a historian (Cambridge, History Faculty, PhD) and historian of science (Cambridge, HPS Department, MPhil) with a previous training in Philosophy (Pisa, BA and Master). Her expertise is situated between the history of science and intellectual history, and her central research question concerns the role of scientific knowledge production in the realisation of ideas of state, wealth and society in Europe in the early modern period. Lavinia is currently transforming her PhD into a monograph. Her thesis investigated how political economic ideas materialised in scientific practices in the Duchy of Milan between the time of enlightened reforms and the transition to the Napoleonic period. 

Besides her focus on the Enlightenment, which she corroborated thanks to two postdoctoral fellowships, at the British School at Rome (2017-2018) and the Scaliger Institute in Leiden (2018), Lavinia has also developed an interest in the late Renaissance (especially the XVII century), which she could fully expand as assegnista di ricerca on a project on water-provisioning practices in Paris and Marseille led by Diego Carnevale at the Università Federico II in Naples. Further to this, she has held the Warburg/I Tatti Fellowship (2019-2020), a joint fellowship between the Warburg Institute and Villa I Tatti, during which she began to explore how medical knowledge regarding the quality of airs and waters was produced in relation to models of land management, and of rice and cheese production especially, in the Spanish Habsburg Duchy of Milan in the late Renaissance. In 2020-2021, Lavinia was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, where she had the opportunity to expand her research interests towards early modern global history. In this sense, she has co-organised (with Roberta Biasillo and Maria Vittoria Comacchi) a two-days workshop (May 27th-28th) on Mobilities in Early Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean, held at the EUI, Florence, exploring mobilities patterns in the connected, expanded global space of the Mediterranean.

In terms of teaching experience, Lavinia has acted as teaching assistant in the Global Commodities course led by Giorgio Riello and Alexandre Etkind, and the Contagion: a Corona History course organised by Stephane Van Damme and Giancarlo Casale, both at the EUI. Both courses were for PhD students and were structured as a mix of seminars/paper discussions and short lectures by guest speakers. At the EUI, Lavinia also earned the Teacher Training Certificate, equivalent to 3 ECTS. Lavinia has also given occasional seminars/lectures for undergraduate and master students at Cambridge (Material culture seminar organised by Melissa Calaresu), Pisa (History of Medicine course by Mauro Capocci), Bologna (Gloc, in the global history course led by Carlo Taviani), the Università per Stranieri in Perugia (Antonio Allegra's Philosophy of Food course), and University of Florence (in Renato Pasta's Early modern History course).