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Frederick W. Hilles Professor of History, Yale University

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Spring 2013

Francesca Trivellato is Frederick W. Hilles Professor of History at Yale University. She is a social and economic historian of early modern Europe who in the past few years has turned her attention to Jewish-Christian relations as a way of examining the interplay of material and symbolic changes that occurred in Old Regime societies. Her book The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period (Yale, 2009) won the 2010 AHA Leo Gershoy Award for the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European history and was the co-winner of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for the best book in Early Modern and Modern Jewish History published in English between 2006 and 2010; it was also selected for the long list for the 2010 Cundill Prize in History. Her publications also include a book on Venetian glass manufacturing, Fondamenta dei Vetrai: Lavoro, tecnologia e mercato a Venezia tra Sei e Settecento (Donzelli, 2000), two co-edited volumes of essays, and numerous articles on craft guilds, merchant networks, and Jewish commercial activities. Recent historiographical pieces discuss the relations between Renaissance Italy and Islam and between microhistory and global history. Trivellato is co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Jewish History.


She received a BA from the University of Venice, Italy (1995), a PhD in economic and social history from the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan (1999), and a PhD in history from Brown University (2004). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for Advanced Study, and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

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