Adelisa Malena (Bari, 1969) studied History in Pisa and in Tübingen. In 2002 she got her PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.with a dissertation on the Roman Inquisition and Mysticism in 17th century Italy
(published in 2003 with the title: L’Eresia dei perfetti. Inquisizione romana ed esperienze mistiche nel Seicento italiano, Rome 2003). Since 2010 she is researcher of Early Modern History at the University of Venice ‘Ca’ Foscari’.
Her main fields of interests are: Women and Gender Studies, Cultural History, Religious History. She has been mainly working on the Roman Inquisition, the Catholic Spiritual Direction and Female Mysticism.
She is currently working on two research projects (17th–18th centuries): 1) Conversions of Women from Judaism to Catholicism in Venice; 2) Religious Dissents, Female Agency, and Cultural Transfers in Confessional Europe.