Sandra Cavallo's major research project is a study of 'artisans of the body' (barbers, surgeons, wigmakers and other trades involved in the care of the body, its appearance, health and well-being) in early modern Italy. She is interested in the characteristics of their occupation, in their social and public life, and in the relationship between career and kinship ties among these middling sort urban groups. Another strand of her current research activity looks at property (including material possessions and social capital) in early modern Europe, and at the impact of gender, age and marital status on entitlement to property.
Dr Cavallo is Associate Director of the AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior and a member of the Getty funded team of scholars preparing the exhibition The Domestic Interior in Italy 1400-1600 to be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2006.