Francesca Roversi Monaco was born in Bologna in 1968 and she graduated in Modern Literature at the University of Bologna in 1993. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Padua (Doctoral thesis on “Acque e terre. La legislazione sull'ambiente a Ravenna nel basso Medioevo”). In 1997/98 she had a temporary position as lecturer in Medieval History at the Faculty of Science for the Conservation – restoration of cultural heritage (University of Bologna - branch of Ravenna). In March 1999 she obtained a two-year scholarship for the research "La politica patrimoniale di Bonifacio VIII" at the Department of “Paleografia e Medievistica” (University of Bologna).
Since July 2000 she has been a Researcher of Medieval History at the same Department. Since 2001 she has been teaching History of Medieval Historiography and in 2006, 2007, 2008 she also taught History of Medieval Political Thought. In 2008/2009 she taught History of Early Middle Ages for the Specialisation Degree Course in History. In 2009/2010 she taught Latin Medieval Historiography for the Specialisation Degree Course in History. From 2010/2011 to 2017/2018she has been teaching “Fonti per lo studio del paesaggio e del territorio” for the Specialisation Degree Course in Geography and specialisation Degree Course in History. Since 2018/2019 she has been teaching Storiografia e cronache di viaggio in età medievale for the Specialisation Degree Course in Geography and specialisation Degree Course in History. Since 2015/2016 she has been teaching Medieval History for the Degree Course in ARCO (Anthropology, Religion, Oriental Civilisations)
Since 2014 she has been Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bologna and she is the Director of the History Programme.
She collaborates with specific journals (“Studi medievali”; “Bullettino dell'Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medioevo”) and she worked for the "Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani".
She works on Historiography and Politics and Institutional History, with particular consideration for historical narration interpreted as the building and invention of shared memory, identity and collective self-knowledge. The past seen as a cultural creation, rebuilt and re-organized with a political function as well as the past as text, are the leading themes of her scholarly analysis, together with the interest for “medievalism” and for the use of the Middle Ages as a myth-engine in the contemporary age
She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the review TECA - Testimonianze, editoria, cultura, arte - Rivista internazionale di arte e di storia della scrittura, del libro, della lettura ttp://www.teca.patroneditore.it/larivista.html ).
She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the series ISEM Europa e Mediterraneo. Storia e immagini di una comunità internazionale
She is a member of the Management Committee of the series Proposte di storia, Pàtron editore
She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the series Chiaroscuro. Ricerche di storia e storia dell’arte, Gangemi editore
She is a Corresponding Member of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Province di Romagna
She is a member of the Società Italiana degli Storici Medievisti (SISMED) She is a member of the the Association Il Chiostro dei Celestini. Amici dell'Archivio di Stato di Bologna
She is a member of the Istituto per la Storia of the University of Bologna