Curriculum vitae

Teaching experiences

2011-2013 teaching fellowship (Islamic art) at the University of Edinburgh (BA and MA). September 2011 – August 2013.
(Courses taught: Early Islamic Art in Its Late Antique Context; Islamic Art and Medieval Europe: Artistic Exchange and the Circulation of Objects in the Mediterranean, 900-1400; Interactions of Islamic and Christian Art in the Medieval Islamic World).

Education, Qualifications and Training

Groups of research:
Co-investigator of the research network “Holy places in Islam” (with Dr. Andreas Goerke). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) (2013-2015).

Member of the group of research “Art Space and Mobility in the Early History of Globalization. The Mediterranean, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent, 400-1650”, sponsored by the Getty Institute and organized by the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence. Scientific referees: Professor Gerhard Wolf, Dr. Hannah Baader, and Professor Avinoam Shalem. January 2010 – August 2011.

Member of the group of research “The mosaics as a figurative language in the Mediterranean”, sponsored by UNESCO-Oasis. Scientific referee: Professor Ennio Concina (University of Venice). November 2009 – October 2010.


Gerda Henkel Stiftung – Research Scholarship. May – October, 2014.

Max-Planck postdoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence. March 2010 – August 2011.

J. Paul Getty Institute non residential postdoctoral fellowship. June 2008 – May 2009.

Aga Khan postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic Art and Architecture (Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture) at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA). January 2007 – April 2008.

Archeological field experience:

June 2014: excavation campaign on the site of Urbisaglia (MC). Roman and late antique strata. Director of the excavations: Prof. Giovanna Fabrini (University of Macerata).


March-May 2009: Affiliation to the Fine Arts and Art History Department at the American University of Beirut (sponsors: Prof. Henry Franses and Prof. May Farhat).


Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA). Since 2008.
CISBI, Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi Balcanici Internazionali, “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice. Since 2007.


PhD at “Ca’ Foscari” University in Venice (Oriental Studies). PhD thesis: Late Antiquity and Syro-Umayyad culture: issues and problems of archeology and art history. From 2002 to 2006 (Submitted and approved in March 7, 2006).

BA / MA:

Master of art degree: first-class honours degree at “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice (Faculty of Oriental Languages and Literatures). Subjects studied: Arabic language, Islamic art history, Islamic studies, Byzantine and medieval art history. Degree thesis: Population, urbanization and residential architecture in Syro-Jordanian area between V-VIII century. From 1996 to 2002 (Date of the degree: March 6, 2002).


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