Dr. Fedele holds a Ph.D in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She is a Senior Researcher (Investigadora Auxiliar) of the Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) at the Lisbon University Institute and a chercheure associée of the Centre d’Études en Sciences Sociales du Religieux (CéSor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique).

Her works include Looking for Mary Magdalene. Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France (OUP, 2013), which received the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion of the American Academy of Religion, and Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality: Ethnographic Approaches, a volume co-edited with Dr. Kim Knibbe.