Ferente’s research focuses on Europe and the Mediterranean in the 14th to 16th centuries, particularly the history of politics and society in Italy, the history of European political discourse, and gender history. She is currently working on a book on the history of 15th century Europe and starting a project on the late medieval Black Sea as a primary border region of Eurasia.
At the UvA, Ferente will lecture on Medieval History to all first-year undergraduates, give tutorials to second- and third-year Bachelor's students, as well as course-specific lectures within the Master's and Research Master's programmes.
Serena Ferente is a graduate of the Scuola Normale in Pisa and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She received her PhD in History and Civilisation from European University Institute in 2007. From 2006 until her appointment at the UvA, she has been, successively, a lecturer, senior lecturer and reader in Medieval and Renaissance History at King’s College London.
She has held fellowships or visiting professorships at, among others, the Insititute of Advanced Study at the University of Kyoto, Harvard University, the European University Institute and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. She is a member of the Renaissance Society of America and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the UK.