Anna Becker studied political science, history and law in Bonn, Berlin and Milan. She holds a diploma in political science from the Free University of Berlin and a master’s (MPhil) in History of Political Thought from the University of Cambridge. She did her PhD at Cambridge University with a dissertation on “Gender and Political Thought in Northern Italy and France c.1420 – c.1586”. From 2011-17 she was an assistant at the Chair for Early Modern History at the University of Basel. Here she worked on a habilitation on Politics that matters. The materiality of the body politic 1450-1750 .Her research interests lie in the history of political theory in premodern Europe with a particular interest in Aristotelianism and the history of practical philosophy, gender history and conceptions of the political community and the household (economy). She has published on these topics and on Niccolò Machiavelli, on Jean Bodin, and on continuities and changes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In 2014 she was awarded the “The Balzan Skinner Fellowship for Modern Intellectual History” at the University of Cambridge.