Manuela Bragagnolo studied law at the University of Trento. In 2009 she got her Ph.D in history of law and European legal thought, at the University of Trento, with a dissertation on Lodovico Antonio Muratori’s legal and political thought.
Through the study of Muratori’s sources, linked to the Reformation, she directed her scientific interests to the history of legal, political and religious thought of the XVIth Century, which is the focus of her current research. She is also interested in the circulation of protestant political ideas in late Renaissance Italy and in the history of physiognomy, in the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries. She was a temporary research fellow at the University of Trento (2009-2010), and she received grants for research at the École Normale Supérieure, Lyon (2004, 2007, 2008) and at the Institut d’histoire de la Réformation, Genève (2010; 2012). Now she is an Italian lecturer at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France.