Rome Advisory Committee
Since 2014, the Cushwa Center has collaborated with Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway to host two international seminars, a major conference, frequent lectures and panels, and two research fellowships in Rome, Italy. Members of the Cushwa Center’s Rome Advisory Committee share their expertise and scholarship with the center, participate in its Rome events, and suggest new initiatives involving their own universities. The committee was inaugurated in November 2017 and is chaired by Luca Codignola, Cushwa’s senior fellow in Rome.
Paolo Luca Bernardini, D.L. (Genova), Ph.D. (European University Institute, Florence), is professor of early modern and modern European history at Università dell’Insubria and Fellow of the Accademia dei Lincei (Centro Segre). He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and of the Maimonides Center for Advanced Studies (Hamburg). He has also taught in South Africa, England, Hong-Kong, Kazakhstan, and the United States (as Fulbright professor). He is the author or editor of thirty-six books, dealing with early modern and modern religious, political, social and intellectual history. His latest books are Venetia. Tessere di un mosaico infinito (2015) and La libertà, per esempio. Questioni mediterranee e idee liberali (2017).
Matteo Binasco, D.L. (Genova), M.A. (Saint Mary’s), Ph.D. (NUI Galway), is lecturer of early modern history at Università per Stranieri di Siena and Università di Genova. He was fellow at the Institute of Canadian Studies (Ottawa) and at the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI). He was then research fellow at the Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea of Italy’s Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and postdoctoral research fellow at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism of the University of Notre Dame. His main area of interest is the development of the clerical networks in the Atlantic area during the early modern period. He has authored Viaggiatori e missionari nel Seicento. Pacifique de Provins fra Levante, Acadia e Guyana (1622–1648) (2006) and edited Luca Codignola’s Little do We Know: History and Historians of the North Atlantic, 1492–2010 (2011).
Michela Catto, D.L. (Udine), Ph.D. (Pisa), is assistant professor of early modern history at Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia. As a Marie Curie fellow, she has been associated with the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. A specialist in religious-cultural history and Jesuit studies in the early modern era, her most recent books are Cristiani senza pace. La chiesa, gli eretici e la guerra nella Roma del Cinquecento (2012), Milano, l’Ambrosiana e la conoscenza dei Nuovi mondi (secoli XVII–XVIII) (2015, ed. with Gianvittorio Signorotto), La Compañía dividida. La oposición dentro de la orden jesuíta entre los siglos XVI y XVII (2016, It. ed. 2009), I gesuiti e i papi (2016, ed. with Claudio Ferlan), and Trent and Beyond: The Council, Other Powers, Other Cultures (2017, ed., with Adriano Prosperi).
Luca Codignola-Bo, D.L. (Roma La Sapienza), M.A. (Toronto), D.Litt. (Saint Mary’s), F.R.S.C., is senior fellow of the Cushwa Center, Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary’s University, and Professeur associé at the Université de Montréal. He has taught at Bologna, Pisa, Genoa, York (Toronto), Laval, McGill, Saint Mary’s, and has been variously associated with Salzburg, London, Ottawa, Montréal, Brown, Toronto, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He is best known for his work on the the Roman Catholic church in the North Atlantic area in the early modern era, and has also written on the history of early European expansion in the Atlantic region. His latest book is Blurred Nationalities Across the North Atlantic: Traders, Priests, and Their Kin Travelling Between North America and the Italian Peninsula, 1763–1846 (forthcoming 2018).
Elisabetta Corsi, D.L. (Roma La Sapienza), M.A. (Beijing Daxue), Ph.D. (Roma La Sapienza), is professor of Sinology at Università di Roma La Sapienza. She has taught at El Colegio de México (1994–2007), and from 2015 she serves as deputy chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel (JRS) of the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. She has published extensively in English, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. She has recently published Órdenes religiosas entre América y Asia. Ideas para una historia misionera de los espacios coloniales (2008), and Fabricating Illusions. The Jesuits and the Dissemination of Linear Perspective in China (1698–1766) (forthcoming 2018), a revised and enlarged edition of her La fábrica de las ilusiones. Los jesuitas y la difusión de la perspectiva lineal en China (2004).
Daniele Fiorentino, D.L. (Roma La Sapienza), M.A. (Kansas), Ph.D. (Roma La Sapienza), Ph.D. (Kansas), is professor of United States history at Università Roma Tre. Twice a Fulbright fellow, he taught at Università di Macerata and was director of the Center for American Studies in Rome. He is currently a member of the Board of the same center, and sits on the editorial board of American Studies. Mid-America. A specialist in the history of the late 19th and early 20th century, he has written extensively on American Indian history and US-Italian relations. His latest book is Gli Stati Uniti e il Risorgimento d’Italia 1848–1913 (2013).
Marina Formica is professor of early modern history at Università di Roma Tor Vergata. She is also vice-president of the Società italiana per gli studi sul secolo XVIII and former director of Centro Romano di Studi sull’Ebraismo. She has published widely on the age of revolutions at the end of the 18th century, on the Pontifical States in the early modern era, on the Grand Tour, on the process of Italian unification, and on the issue of European identity in the 16th and 17th centuries. She has recently authored Roma e la Campagna romana nel Grand Tour (2009), Album italiano. Immagini e storie dall’Unità a oggi (2010), and Lo specchio turco. Immagini dell’Altro e rappresentazioni del Sé nella cultura italiana d’età moderna (2012). Her latest project is a forthcoming history of Rome in the early modern era.
Irene Fosi, D.L. (Siena), Diploma of Archivist-Librarian (Vatican School of Palaeography, Diplomatics and Archives Administration), is professor of early modern history at Università G. D’Annunzio (Chieti-Pescara). She previously taught at Università di Roma La Sapienza and at Università della Calabria. She was Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellow at several German universities (Marburg, Tübingen, Freiburg im Breisgau, Berlin) and at Princeton University. Her research interests include justice and society in early modern Italy, diplomatic and cultural relations between the Roman court and the Holy Roman Empire, and religious conversion in the early modern European society. Her latest books are Papal Justice: Subjects and Court in the Papal State, 1500–1750 (2011, It. ed. 2007), and Convertire lo straniero. Stranieri e Inquisizione a Roma in età moderna (2011, English translation forthcoming 2018).
Massimo Carlo Giannini, D.L. (Pavia), Ph.D. (Repubblica di San Marino), is associate professor of early modern history at Università di Teramo. He is also scientific director of Istituto Sangalli per la storia e le culture religiose (Florence). He has been visiting fellow at École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid (2014). He is research fellow of Instituto Europeo la Corte en Europa (IULCE) at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and of Red Columnaria. Red temática de investigación sobre las fronteras de las Monarquías Ibéricas. He is also a member of the editorial board of Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. His main research interests are the history of papal finances in the early modern age; the history of religious orders; and the financial and political history of the Spanish monarchy. He recently published Papacy, Religious Orders, and International Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (ed., 2013); I domenicani (2016); Per difesa comune. Fisco, clero e comunità nello Stato di Milano (1535–1659), I: Dalle guerre d’Italia alla pax hispanica (1535–1592) (2017). His latest book, on the Rome rebellion of 1559, is forthcoming in 2018.
Giovanni Pizzorusso, D.L. (Pisa), Ph.D. (Genova), is associate professor of early modern history at Università G. d’Annunzio (Chieti-Pescara). He has been visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Max-Planck Institut (Frankfurt am Main), and Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot. His main research interests are the history of the Catholic missionary institutions in the age of early globalization (Propaganda Fide) and the role of the missionaries in the circulation of knowledge in a global perspective. He recently published “The Congregation de Propaganda Fide, the Holy See and the Native Peoples of North America (17th–19th Centuries),” in Holy See’s Archives as Sources for American History (2016 ed. Kathleen Sprows Cummings and Matteo Sanfilippo), and Chiese e nationes a Roma: dalla Scandinavia ai Balcani (2017, ed. with Antal Molnár and Matteo Sanfilippo).
Roberto Regoli, H.E.D., H.E.L., Ph.B.A., S.T.B.A. (Gregoriana, Rome), is professor of contemporary Church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), head of the Department of Church History, as well as editor of Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. His areas of research include the history of the Papacy, the Roman Curia, and pontifical diplomacy from the 19th to the 21st centuries. He recently authored Ercole Consalvi. Le scelte per la Chiesa (2006) and Oltre la crisi della Chiesa. Il pontificato di Benedetto XVI (2016). He also edited Suavis laborum memoria. Church, Papacy, Roman Curia between History and Theology (2013, with Paul van Geest), La corte papale nell’età di Leone XII (2015, with Ilaria Fiumi Sermattei), Il conclave del 1823 e l’elezione di Leone XII (2016, with Ilaria Fiumi Sermattei), San Pio X. Papa riformatore di fronte alle sfide del nuovo secolo (2016), and Antico, conservazione e restauro a Roma nell’età di Leone XII (2017, with Ilaria Fiumi Sermattei and Maria Pia Sette).
Daniela Rossini is professor of North American history and women’s history at Università Roma Tre. She is also associated with the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History of Harvard University, where she has been Fellow of the Charles Warren Center and Fulbright Scholar at the History Department. Her research interests include World War I, Wilsonian internationalism, Italian-American relations and international women’s history in the early 20th century. She is the author of over fifty publications in seven different countries. Among her most recent books, Woodrow Wilson and the American Myth in Italy: Culture, Diplomacy and War Propaganda (2008) and Donne e propaganda internazionale. Percorsi femminili tra Italia e Stati Uniti nell’età della Grande Guerra (2015).
Matteo Sanfilippo, D.L. (Roma La Sapienza), Ph.D. (Genova), is professor of early modern history at Università della Tuscia (Viterbo). He is also director of Fondazione Centro Studi Emigrazione (Rome), co-editor of the journal Archivio storico dell’emigrazione italiana and managing editor of Studi Emigrazione. He has taught at École Normale Supérieure and at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), and was co-director of the Canadian Academic Centre in Italy (Rome). He has authored twenty-six books and edited forty books or special issues of scholarly journals. Among his latest publications, Holy See’s Archives as Sources for American History (2016, ed., with Kathleen Sprows Cummings), and Historian’s Creed: l’età moderna tra vecchi e nuovi media (2017).
Maurizio Sangalli, D.L. (Pavia), Ph.D. (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan), is professor of early modern history at Università per Stranieri di Siena. The main topics of his research are the Italian social and religious history from the 16th to the 18th century and the history of education in the pre-Unification Italian states. His latest books are Le smanie per l’educazione. Le Scuole Pie a Venezia in età moderna (2012); Maria Teresa d’Asburgo. L’arte del possibile (2014), and Una città, due imperi. Amministrazione pubblica e decurionato a Lodi tra Spagna e Austria (XVI–XVIII sec.) (forthcoming 2018).
Massimiliano Valente, D.L., Ph.D. (Roma La Sapienza), Diploma in Archives Sciences (Vatican School of Palaeography, Diplomatics and Archives Administration), is associate professor of contemporary history at Università Europea di Roma. He was previously employed at the Vatican Secret Archives and at the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. He has also been variously associated with the German Historical Institute (Rome), the Max-Planck Institut (Frankfurt am Main), the Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave (Slovakia), the Sveuèilište u Splitu (Croatia) and the Institut Catholique de Paris. His main research topic is the Vatican foreign policy during the 19th and the 20th century. His latest works are “Päpstiche Mobilisierungsfähigkeit während der beiden Weltkriege,” Römische Quartalschrift, 112, 1–2 (2017): 36–49; “I cardinali di Curia e il Kulturkampf di Bismarck,” in François Jankowiak and Laura Pettinaroli, eds., Les Cardinaux entre cour et curie: une élite romaine, 1775–2015 (2017); and Pietro Gasparri segretario di Stato, 1914–1930 (forthcoming 2018, ed. with Laura Pettinaroli).
Elisabetta Vezzosi, D.L. (Firenze), Ph.D. (Genova-Minnesota), is professor of United States history and of women’s and gender history at Università di Trieste. A former President of the Italian Society of Women Historians, she is currently president of the Italian Association for North American Studies. She has been visiting professor at Columbia University and at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include Italian immigration in the United States, history of the welfare state, women’s and gender history, American scientists during the Cold War, African American women and international relations. Her latest books are Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom (2015, ed. with Leonardo Buonomo), The Committee of Concerned Scientists and the Helsinki Final Act: ‘Refusenik’ Scientists, Détente and Human Rights, and African American Women, Panafricanism and Human Rights: A Transnational Vision, 1893–1960 (both forthcoming 2018).