Professor for Ancient History and Archeology, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca. PhD Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), 2000. Taught at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. Permanent Fellow and member of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University, New York. Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2013-2015. Former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, 2009-2010, the German Archeological Institute, Rom, 1999-2000, and the J. Paul Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 1994-1999.
Research Emphasis: Archeology and ancient art history, iconography, the re-appropriation and revival of ancient values, concepts and images in post-classical western history, history of cultural heritage protection from a European perspective; comparative studies of ancient Greek mimesis theories and contemporary theories of perception and cognition, with special regard to neurological research and evolutionary psychology.