• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Associate Professor
Tel. +39 050 509223

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di Scienze Umane
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA


Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
Delegate of the Director for International Strategies (November 2010-December 2012)
Associate Professor of Islamic Philosophy (April 2010-)
Fellow of the Program “‘Incentivazione alla mobilità di studiosi stranieri e italiani residenti all’estero’ (DM 1.2.2005, n.18)” (= “Rientro dei Cervelli”) (September 2006-April 2010).

Thomas-Institut der Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (September 2005-August 2006)


Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.
Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, May 2005. Dissertation: “The Reception of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Šifāʾ: Textual and Doctrinal Analysis”; Dimitri Gutas, adviser.
William J. Horwitz Prize for continuous excellence and distinction in a chosen discipline in the field of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
M.Phil., 2001.
Orals passed with distinction, May 2000.

University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Doctorate (Ph.D. equivalent), Philosophy, 1998. Dissertation: “Avicenna ed Averroè come fonti del Commento di Alberto Magno alla Metafisica di Aristotele: la dottrina dei trascendentali nei commentatori arabi di Aristotele e nel tredicesimo secolo latino” (Avicenna and Averroes as Sources of Albertus Magnus’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics: The Doctrine of Transcendentals in the Arab Commentators of Aristotle and in the Latin 13th c.); Massimo Mugnai, adviser.

University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Laurea (M.A. equivalent), Philosophy, 1991. Dissertation: “Il Commento di Paolo Veneto ai libri IV e VI della Metafisica di Aristotele e la tradizione esegetica medievale” (Paul of Venice’s Commentary on Books IV and VI of Aristotle’s Metaphysics and the Medieval Exegetical Tradition); Francesco Del Punta, adviser.


ERC Advanced Grant 2013 (ERC-2013-ADG), Grant Agreement 339621, http://www.avicennaproject.eu/
Project "Philosophy on the Border of Civilizations and Intellectual Endeavours: Towards a Critical Edition of the Metaphysics (Ilahiyyat of Kitab al-Shifa’) of Avicenna (Ibn Sina)" (5 years, Euros 1.140.800); Host Institution: Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa; capacity: Principal Investigator

MIUR, Bando PRIN 2012
Responsabile scientifico dell’Unità locale della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (“Greco-Arabo-Latino: Aristotelismo e Platonismo nella tradizione esegetica tardo-antica e medievale”), nell’ambito del progetto nazionale "L'universalità e i suoi limiti: meccanismi di inclusione ed esclusione nella storia della filosofia e nei dibattiti filosofici contemporanei", presentato in forma sintetica per la prima valutazione presso l'Università del Salento (Prof. Loris Sturlese), in progress

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Scientific responsible for SNS of the Project ERC “Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions” (DASI) Grantagreement 269774 (Prof. Alessandra Avanzini), Host Institution: University of Pisa, Additional Institution: SNS (March 2011-)
Internal Research Project: “The Manuscripts of Avicenna’s Metaphysics: Reproduction, Inventory, On-line Publication”, 2011-2012 (Euros 46.000)
Internal Research Project: “Studio della tradizione manoscritta araba della Metafisica di Avicenna (Scienza delle cose divine del Libro della Guarigione)”, 2008
Program “‘Incentivazione alla mobilità di studiosi stranieri e italiani residenti all’estero’ (DM 1.2.2005, n.18)” (= “Rientro dei Cervelli”), September 2006-April 2010.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Special Research Fellowship, September 2005-August 2006 (University of Cologne, Thomas-Institut; research project: “The Arabic Sources of Albertus Magnus’ Commentary on the Metaphysics: Avicenna and Averroes”)
Residence Allowance, January 2008 (University of Cologne, Thomas-Institut; research project: Arabic-Latin apparatus and Lexica in Averroes, Middle Commentary on Aristotle’s Categories)

Yale University
Ph.D. fellowship, academic years 1998-2003
J. F. Enders research grant, Summer 2001
J. F. Enders research grant, Summer 2002

University of Florence
Doctorate fellowship, academic years 1993-1997