Valentina Bambini (Torino, 1978) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS) of Pavia, staff member of the IUSS Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and theoretical Syntax (NEtS), and Adjunct Professor of Neurolinguistics at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. She graduated at University of Pisa and in the meanwhile she was enrolled at Scuola Normale Superiore, where she also received her PhD in Linguistics with a dissertation investigating the neural basis of metaphor comprehension. She worked as postdoctoral fellow (2008-2010) and junior researcher (2010-2011) at the Laboratorio di Linguistica of the Scuola Normale Superiore, and then as senior researcher at IUSS, Pavia (2012-2014). She also taught pragmatics and neurolinguistics at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milano, University of Pisa, University of Verona, University of Zurich. Her main research interests lie in the emerging field of neuropragmatics, focusing on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of pragmatic and communicative abilities, both in healthy and pathological conditions. She co-coordinated two projects promoted by the European Science Foundation (EURO-XPRAG) on the elaboration of figurative meaning (2009-2011). She was awarded a grant from Regione Toscana (2010-2013) to develop new tools for the assessment of communicative impairments in clinical populations. She authored more than 40 publications on books and international journals, including Brain and Language, Italian Journal of Linguistics, Neuropsychologia, Current Opionion in Neurobiology.