Associate professor of Iconography and Iconology at Ferrara University (Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia). Director of the Master di Studi sul Rinascimento in 1995-1996. Member of the Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton) since 1995. University representative at “Centro Interuniversitario per la Storia delle Università Italiane”. Patrizia Castelli conceived and directed several exhibition among which the ones took place in Ferrara, on the occasion of Ferrara University centennial anniversary, and in Pisa in the universitary Library (Bibliotheca Lamiarum) in collaboration with Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali. She deals mainly with the history of ideas and images from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age. She is part of the Scientific Committee of CISU (Italian Centre for the History of Italian Universities). She is part of the Scientific Committee of "Accademia. Revue de la Société Marsile Ficin" and "Anthropos et iatria. Rivista italiana di studi e ricerche sulle medicine antropologiche e di storia delle medicine". She is President of Accademia Sperelliana of Gubbio. She is Director of the series "Biblioteca dell'Accademia Sperelliana" and "Quaderni dell'Accademia Sperelliana" (Pisa-Rome, Serra).