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My name is Martina Mampieri and I am a scholar of Early Modern and Modern Jewish history and culture. Since October 2020, I am a Martin Buber fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

After obtaining a double PhD in Early Modern History and Jewish Studies from the University of Roma Tre and the University of Hamburg in 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg August University of Göttingen. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the project RACINES. Critical Edition of David Qimhi's Sefer ha-Shorashim at IRHT-CNRS in Paris. In 2018, I was the recipient of a Sapienza University grant to conduct independent research in Jerusalem.

My research and teaching interests span the cultural and religious history of Early Modern Italy with particular regard for the sixteenth and the seventeenth century. I am especially interested in the Roman Inquisition, the relations and exchanges between Jews and Christians in the Papal States, manuscript and early modern book collections, and the reception of the Jewish Renaissance in Fascist Italy.

My first monograph Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV's by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th cent.) was published by Brill in 2020.

I am currently working on my second book project, (tentative title: Life in Ink: The Journey of a Bibliophile from Renaissance Italy to Postwar America), the first cultural and intellectual biography of Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960), a pioneering scholar in the history and culture of Italian Jews in the Renaissance and the Early Modern period.