Annamaria Pazienza, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Annamaria Pazienza


Annamaria Pazienza completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in archaeology at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and finished her Ph.D. in medieval history at the University of Padova, Italy. She has been a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies ‘Mobility and Migration in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages’ project at the Eberhard Karls Universität of Tübingen in Germany and has collaborated on a number of projects at Venice and Padova, where she has also served as an instructor. She was co-editor of I Longobardi a Venezia. Scritti per Stefano Gasparri (Brepols, 2020), a special issue of the Mélanges de l’École française de Rome - Moyen Âge on Persone, corpi e anime in movimento: Forme di mobilità tra tardoantico e alto medioevo (VI-X secolo) and is working on another volume, In Search of the Lombards: The Making of early Medieval Mortuary archaeology in Italy, (1860s – 1940s).

While at the University of Nevada, Reno as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, Pazienza will focus on In&Around, a project within the larger framework of an on-going NSF-sponsored initiative, Combining Historic and Ecologic Archives to Understand Past Environmental Change.

In&Around investigates the impacts of changes in climate and environment on human societies, including their effect on migratory flows of the free and unfree workforce, within the context of medieval Italy. In particular, it highlights the complexities surrounding the interactions between climate/environmental variability and human mobility in relation to the shifting political regimes and land management systems through a distinctly historical lens.

Research interests

  • Early Medieval Italy
  • Gender
  • Medieval archaeology
  • Premodern mobility and migration

Select publications

  • “’cum p(re)misso Masarię socrus meę’. Mobilità residenziale e uxorilicalità nel regno longobardo,” Mélanges de l’École française de Rome - Moyen Âge 132.2 (2020)
  • “Mobilità interna: lavoratori e donne in movimento nel Regno longobardo,” in I. Barbiera, F. Borri, A. Pazienza (eds), I Longobardi a Venezia. Scritti per Stefano Gasparri (Turnout, Brepols 2020)
  • “Le donne di San Ciriaco e l’agire femminile a Roma tra X e XI secolo,” in V. West-Harling (ed.), Family, Power, Memory: female monasticism in Italy from 700 to 1100, «Reti Medievali rivista», 20.1 (2019)
  • “Identity, funerary practices and memory in Lombard Tuscia (6th to 8th centuries),” Zeitschrift für Archäologie des Mittelalters 42 (2014)

Courses taught

  • HIST 454/654: Topics in Medieval History (Medieval Italy)
  • HIST 488C - Topics in Nature and Culture (Mobility and Climate in the Premodern Mediterranean)


  • Ph.D., Medieval History, University of Padova, 2009
  • Diploma in Archival Sciences and Palaeography, State Archives of Venice, 2007
  • M.A., Medieval Archaeology, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 2005
  • B.A., Archaeology, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 2002