Tribute to Anna

Anna Costanza Baldry (1970-2019)

Anna was a relentless activist, an original scholar, a European citizen and a great woman: with Anna’s passing, we lose a remarkable human being and a great colleague. Anna passed away on 9 March 2019 in Rome (Italy). She was born in London and, as she defined herself in a TV programme in 2017, very early in her childhood she was a nonconformist and against-the-system young girl. Her interest in psychology and criminology developed very soon in her academic life, when in 1993 she spent her Erasmus mobility in London. After earning a degree in criminology from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Rome-La Sapienza in 1999, she undertook a successful academic career. She was full-time professor of social psychology at Università Luigi Vanvitelli and affiliated as part-time professor at Lumsa University. In 2003 she was the recipient of a Marie-Curie fellowship at the Free University of Amsterdam to study methods of prevention for violence against women.

During her academic career, Anna was the recipient of numerous grants, prizes and fellowships, as well as the author of important publications on gender violence and police response. Considering her actions and research regarding violence against women, in 2015 the President of Italy bestowed the title of Officer of the order of merit of the Italian Republic, as one of the “everyday life heroes” of that year. From 2013 to 2017 she was actively involved in the Cost Action “Femicide across Europe”, and subsequently she was one of the international board members of the European Observatory on Femicide, a research and advocacy initiative situated within the University of Malta.

Anna loved life. She loved swimming, jogging and horse-back riding. She urged us never to forget that life was out there, beyond classrooms and meetings. We are losing you now, Anna, but shall not forget your legacy.

Consuelo Corradi with Barbara Stelmaszek, Chaime Marcuello, Christiana Kouta, Ksenia Meshkova, Marceline Naudi, Maria Jose Magalhaes, Monika Schröttle, Santiago Boira, Shalva Weil.