M.C. Pievatolo studied 20th century German philosophy and Kant's and Plato's political thought. She dealt with Rawls as well and translated SM Okin's Justice, Gender and the Family into Italian, to re-introduce egalitarian feminism and its Platonic roots to Italian readers. Besides, she was the political philosophy editor of the SWIF, one of the earliest philosophical websites in Italy.
In the second half of the 1990s, she realized that the small scholarly community of social and human sciences was in danger of self-referentiality and irrelevance (http://btfp.sp.unipi.it/?p=1033) if it kept on accepting the system of closed access publishing and giving away the copyright to publishers, while the Internet was starting to change our ways of communicating and sharing ideas (http://btfp.sp.unipi.it/?p=322).
Therefore, she chose open access publishing and experimented with open archives, overlay journals and peer review, triple blind, ex ante, ex post, open: in the field of political philosophy the communication of knowledge is a philosophical theme itself and openness is the minimal condition of the public use of reason (http://btfp.sp.unipi.it/dida/kant_7/index.html#introduzionegenerale).
She is the curator and founder of the "Bollettino telematico di filosofia politica" of the "Giuliano Marini" Archive (http://archiviomarini.sp.unipi.it) and of the book series Methexis (http://btfp.sp.unipi.it/?page_id=749). She is also a member of the open access Crui committee and one of the founding fellows of the Aisa (Associazione italiana per la promozione della scienza aperta). Her recent annotated translation of Kant's political writings is under a CC-BY-SA license.
Since November 2013 (http://nexa.polito.it/2013-trustees-en) she has belonged to the Nexa Center for Internet & Society Board of Trustees (http://nexa.polito.it/trustees). Since the end of 2014 she has been one of the associate editors of the Doaj (Lund University).