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Dr Simone Maghenzani

College position(s)

College Officer, Fellow, Director of Studies, Tutor



Specialising in

Marilyn Strathern Official Fellow and Praelector

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BA, MA, PhD (Turin)

Research themes

My work investigates Renaissance and Reformation history, with a particular focus on Italy in transnational context. I am particularly interested in the history of Protestant dissent, and in the development of the Counter-Reformation. I am also part of an International Network of scholars working on Early Modern Dissent and Radicalism:


I teach Part I, Paper 16 (Early Modern  European History, 1450-1715), and Paper 17 (Modern European History, 1715-1890). At Girton, I also teach Historical Argument and Practice for second-years.


I am an alumnus of the University of Turin, where I graduated in Early Modern History for my BA (2008), MA (2010), and PhD (2014).

I have been Visiting Scholar at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2012-2013), and Academic Visitor in the University of Oxford (St Cross College), Georges et Pierre Regard Visiting Fellow at the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation in the University of Geneva, Visiting Scholar at the Huntington Library (California), and the 2015 Charles Montgomery Grey Fellow at the Newberry Library (Chicago). In 2014-15 I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Robinson College, University of Cambridge.

Among several other awards, I have held scholarships and grants from the British Academy-Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), the Institute of Historical Research in London, the Cambridge History Faculty, the University of Turin, and I received the Walter Maturi Prize in History in 2010.

I am Praelector of Girton College (Joint with Charlie Bell, January 2019).

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