Dr. Francesconi (PhD, University of Haifa) teaches a broad variety of courses in Jewish history and cultures, European social history, women and gender studies, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Israeli culture, and the history of Jewish art. Her research and publications address the social, religious, and cultural aspects of the early modern history of Jews in Italy, focusing on the multifaceted politics and dynamics of ghetto life. She has held fellowships in Europe, Israel, and the United States. She served as Viterbi Visiting Professor in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Prior to joining the University at Albany, she was Assistant Professor of History and the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies at The College of Idaho.
Her new book, Invisible Enlighteners: Jewish Merchants in an Italian City from the Renaissance to the Emancipation, is forthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press (Spring 2021). Among her other publications, there are two coedited volumes: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardi Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times (2014) and Gender and Jewish Women in Historical Perspective (forthcoming, Fall 2021). Her new book project is tentatively entitled, “The Jewish Home in Early Modern Venice: Cosmopolitan Intimacy, Global Networks, and Diasporic Material Culture.” Francesconi is also Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of the journal Jewish History and one of the co-founders of The New York State Working Group on Jewish Women and Gender in Global Perspective.