Fernanda Altieri graduated at the University of Bologna in 2001. In 2005 she discussed her Phd thesis at the University of Trento. She joined the Istituto Storico italo-germanico in 2006, where she mainly worked on the Early Modern moral discourse on sexuality.
She is currently researching on the relationship between medicine and theology at the beginning of the 19th century. Her main fields of interest are: history of sexuality; history of medical discourse; Jesuit studies.