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Raffaele Danna


I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Cambridge. I hold an MA (Hons) in Philosophical Sciences (2015) and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy (2013) at the University of Bologna. I am a former student of the University's excellence institution, the Collegio Superiore. I have been a visiting student at the University of California, San Diego (2013-14) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (2015-16).

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the complex intertwining of economic, scientific as well as cultural factors in bringing about historical change.

My PhD project, supervised by Professor Craig Muldrew, focuses on the diffusion of the Commercial Revolution from Italy to northern Europe (13th-16th centuries). Relying on a study of the diffusion of commercial mathematics, I aim to track the spread of key innovations characteristic of the early modern European economy. The aim of this project is to concentrate on an overlooked aspect of the heritage of the Renaissance.

My broader research interests include Early Modern History, Economic and Social History, the Renaissance, the History of Economic Thought, Intellectual History.


- Paper 14 (2018-19)

- Historical Argument and Practices (2017-18, 2018-19) (The Renaissance, Intellectual History, Cultural History)

Other Professional Activities

I am interested in economic, social and political current affairs. 

I am a convenor of the CRASSH Research Network The Politics of Economics (here and here), whose purpose is to bring together different disciplinary angles for a discussion on the complex aspects of the politics-economics relation, together with their normative and epistemic consequences.

I am part of the editorial board of Pandora - Rivista di Teoria e Politica, an online as well as paper journal fostering a critical engagement of young authors with contemporary issues. Here you can find some articles of mine for this project (mainly in Italian).


  • Medieval British History
  • Economic, Social History
  • Early Modern History