Valeria La Motta is a scholar in History of Political Institution. In 2015, she obtained a PhD from the University of Messina (Italy) by discussing a thesis entitled L’Inquisizione in Sicilia durante il regno di Ferdinando d’Aragona (1469-1516), in which she reconstructs the political context of the foundation of the Spanish Inquisition in Sicily and its subsequent effects on the Sicilian revolution of 1516. She studied Political Sciences at the University of Palermo where she specialised in Early Modern History with a BA thesis about Christian renegades and Mediterranean slavery in the XVII century, under the supervision of Professor Giovanna Fiume. During her career, she became particularly involved in Hispanic studies, investigating the political forms through which the Catholic monarchy wielded his power in the Italian domains and particularly in the kingdom of Sicily. Among her publications: Dar motivo de queja: dispute cerimoniali nella Sicilia moderna (Storia e Politica, 2016); "El establecimiento de la Inquisición Española en Sicilia entre normas y prácticas (1500-1516)" (Anais eletronicos de Estudios Inquisitoriales, 2015); "Il sogno della famiglia di immortalità Corbera. La successione della baronia del Miserendino (1572- 1678)" (Istituto Poligrafico Europeo, Palermo 2012). Currently, she is studying the recently discovered graffiti left by inmates in the inquisitorial prisons of the Palazzo Chiaromonte Steri in Palermo.