Rome Advisory Committee

Notre Dame Global Gateway building

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 headshot

Paolo Luca Bernardini, DL (Genova), Ph.D. (European University Institute, Florence), is professor of early modern and modern European history at Università dell'Insubria. He was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, of the Maimonides Center for Advanced Studies (Hamburg), and Fellow of the Accademia dei Lincei (Centro Segre). He has also taught in South Africa, England, the United States (as Fulbright Professor), Hong-Kong and Kazakhstan. He works on early modern and modern religious, and political, social, and intellectual history. His latest books are Venetia. Tessere di un mosaico infinito (2015); La libertà, per esempio. Questioni mediterranee e idee liberali(2017); Frammenti di un discorso liberale, ed. F. Mascellino (2018), and La parte migliore del mondo. Scritti sull'America, ed. Davy Marguerettaz (2021).

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Matteo Binasco, DL (Genova), MA (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), Roman Sources for the History of American Catholicism, 1763–1939 (2018), and Making, Breaking and Remaking the Irish Missionary Network: Ireland, Rome, and the West Indies in the Seventeenth Century (2020). He has also edited Luca Codignola's Little do We Know: History and Historians of the North Atlantic, 1492–2010 (2011), Rome and Irish Catholicism in the Atlantic World, 1622–1908 (2018), and Luke Wadding, the Irish Franciscans, and Global Catholicism (2020).

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Luca Codignola, DL (Roma La Sapienza), MA (Toronto), DLitt (Saint Mary's), FRSC, is Senior Fellow of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism of the University of Notre Dame and Adjunct Professor at the Department of History of Saint Mary's University. He has taught at Bologna, Pisa, Genoa, Rome (Regina Apostolorum), York (Toronto), Laval, McGill, and Saint Mary's, and has also been variously associated with universities and academic institutions in Salzburg, London, Ottawa, Montréal, Providence, Toronto, Minneapolis, 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 books are  Colombo e altri navigatori (2007),  Le Saint-Siège, le Canada et le Québec, with G. Pizzorusso and M. Sanfilippo (2011), Little Do We Know: History and Historians of the North Atlantic, 1492–2010, ed. M. Binasco (2011), Storia del Canada, with L. Bruti-Liberati (2018), and Blurred Nationalities Across the North Atlantic: Traders, Priests, and Their Kin Travelling Between North America and the Italian Peninsula, 1763–1846 (2019).

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Elisabetta Corsi, DL (Roma La Sapienza), MA (Beijing Daxue), Ph.D. (Roma La Sapienza), is chair professor of Sinology and East Asan History at Sapienza Università di Roma. She has taught at El Colegio de México (1994–2007). From 2015 she serves as Deputy Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel (JRS) of the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, and is now member of the Quality Assurance Board of Sapienza Università di Roma and of the Committee for the Assessment of Research in Public Science and Technology Transfer of Italy's Department of University and Research. Her research interests focus on the role of Jesuit missionaries as scientific mediators during the early modern period. Her latest publications include Órdenes religiosas entre América y Asia. Ideas para una historia misionera de los espacios coloniales (2008), "Idolatrous Images and True Images: European Visual Culture and Its Circulation in Early Modern China," in R.S. O'Toole, I. Del Valle, and A.H. More, eds., Iberian Empires and the Roots of Globalization (2020); and "The Eclipse of 21 June 1629 in Beijing in the Context of the Reform of the Chinese Calendar,"Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 23 (2020), with S. di Serego Alighieri.

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Daniele Fiorentino, DL (Roma La Sapienza), MA (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, sits on the editorial board of American Studies: Mid-America; and is Head of the Department of Political Sciences of Università Roma Tre. A specialist on 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).

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Irene Fosi, DL (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 main research topics are 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), and Inquisition, Conversion, and Foreigners in Baroque Rome (2020).

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Massimo Carlo Giannini, DL (Pavia), Ph.D. (Repubblica di San Marino), is associate professor of early modern history at Università degli Studi di Teramo. He is also scientific director of Istituto Sangalli per la storia e le culture religiose (Florence); 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; and member of the editorial board of Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. He has been visiting fellow at École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid (2014). His main research interests are the history of papal finances in early modern age; the history of religious orders; and the financial and political history of the Spanish monarchy. He recently authored  I domenicani (2016), and Per difesa comune. Fisco, clero e comunità nello Stato di Milano (1535–1659), I: Dalle guerre d'Italia alla pax hispanica (1535–1592) (2017). He has also edited Papacy, Religious Orders, and International Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (2013), and Fiscalità e religione nell'Europa cattolica. Idee, linguaggi e pratiche (secoli XIV–XIX) (2015).

Giovanni Pizzorusso Headshot

Giovanni Pizzorusso, DL (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 an Atlantic and global perspective. He recently published Governare le missioni, conoscere il mondo nel XVII secolo. La Congregazione pontificia de Propaganda Fide (2018);  "Le lingue a Roma: studio e pratica nei collegi missionari nella prima età moderna," Rivista Storica Italiana, 132 (2020); and "The New World of the New Society of Jesus: Giovanni Antonio Grassi and his Notizie varie sullo stato presente della Repubblica degli Stati Uniti (1818).” in La Compagnie de Jésus des anciens régimes au monde contemporain (XVIIIe–XXe siècles), ed. P.-A. Fabre, P. Goujon, and M.M. Morales (2020).

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Roberto Regoli, HED, HEL, PhBA, STBA (Gregoriana, Roma), 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 is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary for the organization of historical conferences, the Centro Studi di Cultura Cristiana of the Giorgio La Pira International Center of Florence, the Prize of the Ambassadors to the Holy See. He also sits on the boards of Analecta Augustiniana and Verba Theologica (Slovakia), and founded and coordinates the "Pontificia" section of the "Cultura" series of Edizioni Studium. He recently authored Ercole Consalvi. Le scelte per la Chiesa (2006) and Oltre la crisi della Chiesa. Il pontificato di Benedetto XVI (2016), Oltre la crisi della Chiesa. Il pontificato di Benedetto XVI (2016), and Tra Pio X e Benedetto XV. La diplomazia pontificia in Europa e America Latina nel 1914, with P. Valvo (2018). He also recently edited Governo della Chiesa, governo dello Stato. Il tempo di Leone XII, with I. Fiumi-Sermattei and M.R. Di Simone (2019).

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Daniela Rossini is professor of American history and Women's International History at Università Roma Tre. Her research interests include World War I, Italian-American relations, war relief and propaganda, and women's transnational history in the first decades of the twentieth century. She recently authored 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); "Wilson's Parallel Diplomacy: The American Red Cross and Italian Public Opinion, 1917-1919," in A.Varsori and B. Zaccaria, eds., Italy in the International Order, 1917-1922 (2020); and "L'internazionalismo wilsoniano all'inizio del XX e del XXI secolo," in P. Dogliani, ed., Internazionalismo e trans-nazionalismo all'indomani della Grande Guerra (2020). She also edited 1917. L'inizio del secolo americano. Politica, propaganda e cultura in Italia tra guerra e dopoguerra, with L. Benadusi and A. Villari (2018).

Matteo Sanfilippo Headshot

Matteo Sanfilippo, DL (Roma La Sapienza), Ph.D. (Genova), is professor of early modern history at Università della Tuscia (Viterbo). He is also scientific director of Fondazione Centro Studi Emigrazione (Rome), director of the Istituto Storico Scalabriniano (Rome), co-editor of the journal Archivio storico dell'emigrazione italiana, and managing editor of Studi Emigrazione. He has taught at École Normale Supérieure et at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), and was co-director of the Canadian Academic Center in Italy (Rome). Among his latest publications, he authored Historian's Creed: l'età moderna tra vecchi e nuovi media (2017), L'emigrazione nei documenti pontifici (2018), and Storie, epoche, epidemie (2020); and edited Holy See's Archives as Sources for American History, with K.S. Cummings (2016), and Gli agenti presso la Santa Sede delle comunità e degli stati stranieri, with P. Tusor (2020).

Maurizio Sangalli Headshot

Maurizio Sangalli, DL (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 sixteenth 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 (secoli XVI–XVIII) (2018).

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Daniela Saresella, DL (Milan), Ph.D. (Urbino), is professor of Modern History at Università di Milano, where she is director of the Ph.D. program in historical studies. Her main field of research is the Catholic world in Italy, Chile, the United States, and Canada in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. She has published widely on the debate between Catholic and Marxist intellectuals, interfaith dialogue, refugees issues including Middle Eastern cultures. Her latest books are Cattolici a sinistra: Dal modernismo ai giorni nostri (2011); Tra politica e antipolitica. La nuova società civile e il movimento della 'Rete' (2016); and Catholics and Communists in Twentieth-Century Italy: Between Conflict and Dialogue (2019).

Massimiliano Valente Headshot

Massimiliano Valente, MA, 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 (now Apostolic) Archive and at the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. He has also been variously associated with the German Historical Institute (Rome), the Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave (Slovakia), the Sveučilište u Splitu (Croatia), the Institut Catholique de Paris and the University of Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway. His main research topic is the Vatican foreign policy during the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. He has recently authored L'Ostpolitik della Santa Sede e la Jugoslavia socialista 1945-1971 (2020); Diplomazia Pontificia e Regno dei Serbi, Croati e Sloveni 1918-1922 (2012). He has also edited Il cardinale Pietro Gasparri, segretario di Stato (1914-1930), with L. Pettinaroli (2020), and A "Vatican Atlantic Alliance": Pius XII and the Role of US Papal Diplomats in the Cold War (forthcoming).

Elisabetta Vezzosi Headshot

Elisabetta Vezzosi, DL (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 Historian, 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 main research topics are 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. She recently edited Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom, with L. Buonomo (2015), and authored "The Committee of Concerned Scientists and the Helsinki Final Act: Refusenik Scientists, Détente and Human Rights," in N. Badalassi and S.B. Snyder, eds., The CSCE and the End of the Cold War: Diplomacy, Societies and Human Rights, 1972–1990 (2018).