Mampieri, Martina

Core Areas


Jewish History and Historiography; Cultural History; History of the Book; Archival Studies; Hebrew Language and Literature; Jewish-Christian Relationships and Polemics.




I earned a double PhD in History and Jewish Studies from the University of Roma Tre and the University of Hamburg (2017). My dissertation, which I turned into a book (forthcoming 2019), consisted in an in-depth study of the sixteenth-century Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV by the Italian moneylender Benjamin Neḥemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche. After the PhD, I spent a six-month visiting research fellowship to conduct archival research on Isaiah Sonne at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute and the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem and I was a postdoctoral researcher of the project RACINES.Critical Edition of David Qimhi’s Sefer ha-Shorashim and its Latin Translation, in Digital Form, based at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT/CNRS, Paris). In 2018-19, I was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.


Current Research


My postdoctoral project at the Lichtenberg Kolleg seeks to cast light on the Jewish culture and intellectual history from Fascist Italy to Postwar America, as seen through the case of Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960), a remarkable but neglected scholar who was active in the crucial decades of the Fascist regime in Italy, left for Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Race Laws in 1938, and devoted the rest of his life in Cincinnati, Ohio to disseminating the Science of Judaism, as a research scholar, librarian, and private collector. Through a reconstruction of his biography, I plan to write a new chapter in the history of the Jewish experience under Fascism and beyond.





Martina Mampieri, Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IVby Benjamin Neemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th cent.), Leiden-Boston: Brill (forthcoming, 2019).


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Martina Mampieri, “The Rabbi’s Soul into a Pig. Melchiorre Palontrotti and the Giudiata against the Jews of Rome (mid-seventeenth century)”, Jewish History (accepted for publication).

Luca Andreoni and Martina Mampieri, “‘Tutta l’arte de rabbini.’ Confisca, controllo, conflitto sui libri degli ebrei di Ancona (1728),” eds. Marina Caffiero, Serena Di Nepi, Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura (forthcoming, 2019).

Martina Mampieri, “Sara, Smeralda, Stella e le altre. Donne ebree a Civitanova Marche negli anni centrali del Cinquecento,” Proposte e Ricerche 80 (2018): 109-23.

Martina Mampieri, “Morto un papa se ne fa un altro. Note a margine del volume di John M. Hunt,The Vacant See in Early Modern Rome: A Social History of the Papal Interregnum (Brill, 2016),” Giornale di Storia 22 (2016).

Martina Mampieri, “The Jews and Their Doubts: Anti-Jewish Polemics in the Fascicolo delle vanità giudaiche by Antonino Stabili (1583),” Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies 1 (2016): 59-75.

Martina Mampieri, “Aspettando il Messia: cronaca e metastoria nel Sefer Yuḥasin di Abraham Zacuto (1452-1515 ca.),” Giornale di Storia 18 (2015).