Manuela Bragagnolo


Board of Discipline

Assistant professor

School of International Studies - SIS

Assistant professor: Faculty of Law

Via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
tel. 0461 283120
manuela.bragagnolo[at]unitn [dot] it


I studied in Trento, where I graduated in Law (2004) and got my Ph.D in Comparative and European Legal Studies (2009). 

Academic career and teaching activities

From July 2021, I am a Tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Trento (School of International Studies and Law Faculty) and an Affiliate Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt am Main (mpilhlt), where I have been working as a Researcher from 2016 to2021.

Before moving to Frankfurt I have been Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University (Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, 2015-2016), substitute Professor of Christian Latin Culture at the University of Geneva and member of the academic staff of the Institut d’histoire de la Réformation (IHR) (2014-2015), Post-doctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire d’Excellence COMOD (Constitution de la modernité) at the University of Lyon, member of the research lab Triangle, at the École Normale Supérieure, Lyon (2014-2015) and lectrice at the École Normale Supérieure, Lyon (2012-2014). 


Research interests

Research Interest

  • History of knowledge between the 16th and 18th centuries
  • Material history of legal and political ideas
  • Production of normative knowledge in the early modern period
  • Book history and legal history
  • Law, physiognomy, medicine and the visual arts in the Renaissance
  • History of authorship in the early modern period
  • Digital Humanities
  • Martín de Azpilcueta
  • Lodovico Antonio Muratori
  • Giovanni Ingegneri
Research work

Author of the book Lodovico Antonio Muratori e l'eredità del Cinquecento nell'Europa del XVIII secolo (Florence, Olschki, 2017), I am working on the material history of legal and political ideas between the 15th and the 18th centuries. 

My current main ongoing research projects are devoted to the role of the printing press in the production of normative knowledge in the early modern period.   

I am also working in the field of history of knowledge, with particular attention to the intertwining of law, medicine, physiognomy, and art theory in the Renaissance. 

At the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory I am leading the following research projects:

  • HyperAzpilcueta. Visualizing the instability of early modern normative knowledge: (
  • "Book Project: Legal Books and Beyond in the Iberian Worlds. Normative Knowledge Production in the Age of Printing Press". - Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds (

I also participate in the following projects:

  • Marie Curie RISE 2017 - 2022: Resistance. Rebellion and Resistance in the Iberian Empires, 16th-19th centuries, financed in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) 2017 (778076-H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017)
  • Ecole Française de Rome: 2022-2026: Le monde dans une péninsule : espaces urbains, présences étrangères, économies des savoirs dans l’Italie du Cinquecento,