1. Positions Held
  2. Other Professional Positions
  3. Honors and Awards
  4. Research and Training Grants


Positions Held

  • 2006-2011 Provost, Brown University.
  • 2002-2006 Chair, Department of Anthropology, Brown University.
  • 1992-present
    • Dupee University Professor of Social Science; and Professor of Anthropology (1992- ) and History (1992-2001); Professor of Italian Studies (2001- ), Brown University.
  • 2002 (January) Visiting professor, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris.
  • 1994 (January) Visiting directeur d'études, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
  • 1994 (June)  Visiting scholar, Posthumus Institute and University of Amsterdam.
  • 1989-92 William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Bowdoin College.
  • 1991 (April)  Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • 1984-89 Professor of Anthropology; Chair (1984-86; 1987- 88, 1992), Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Bowdoin.
  • 1987 (May) Professore a contratto, University of Bologna.
  • 1979-84 Associate Professor of Anthropology; Chair (1979- 81), Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin.
  • 1973-1979 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Bowdoin.

Other Professional Positions

  • Chair, Jury, Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, American Academy in Rome, 2013
  • President, Social Science History Association (2006-2007)
  • Vice president (and president-elect), Social Science History Association (2005-6).
  • Founder and Editor (with J.A. Davis), Journal of Modern Italian Studies (1994-2006).
  • Editor (with D. Hogan) of “New Perspectives in Anthropological and Social Demography” book series, Cambridge University Press (1996- 2007).
  • Editor (with William Beeman) of "Key Issues" and "Anthropology &..." book series, Berghahn Books (1995-2006).
  • Editorial board, Journal of Family History, The History of the Family (1990- ).
  • Editorial board, Continuity and Change (1996-2000).
  • Editorial board, International Studies Review (1998- 2002).
  • Editorial board, Social Science History (1987-96; 2001- ).
  • Editor (with David L. Featherman) of "Life Course Studies" book series, University of Wisconsin Press (1984-95).
  • Member, Irene Taeuber Award Committee, Population Association of America (2006-9) Member, National Research Council, Committee on Population (1999-2005).
  • Member, German Marshall Fund, Research Support Program, advisory board (2000-2)
  • Jury member, Lynton History Prize (Lukas Book Prizes), (2000-1).
  • Selection committee, American Academy of Rome, prizes in Classical & Post-Classical studies (2000, 2011).
  • Member, Publications Committee, Social Science History Association (1998-2005).
  • Chair, program review committee, Demographic Research and Training program, Mellon Foundation (1996-98).
  • Mellon Foundation demographic program advisory committee (1999-2000 ).
  • President, Society for the Anthropology of Europe, 1994-96.
  • Member, Executive Board, American Anthropological Association (1995-96).
  • Member, Population Review Committee, National Institutes of Health (1996-1999).
  • Member, External Review Committee, Johns Hopkins University (2010).
  • Member, Editorial Committee, Italian Anthropological Association monograph series, Franco Angeli publisher (2012-)

Honors and Awards

  • Elected to membership, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005.
  • Prisoner of the Vatican selected one of the best books of the year, Publishers’ Weekly, 2004.
  • Mark Lynton Prize for History, finalist 2002, The Popes Against the Jews.
  • Fellowships, Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, May-June 2000; and November-December 2011.
  • Fulbright Chair, University of Bologna, spring 2000.
  • American Academy of Rome, resident and Department of Education Professor, fall 1999.
  • National Book Award for nonfiction for 1997, finalist, for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Also National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian relations, 1997.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1995-96.
  • Marraro Prize (Society for Italian Historical Studies) for "the best work on Italian history" in 1989 for Family, Political Economy, and Demographic Change.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1986-1987.
  • Marraro Prize (Society for Italian Historical Studies) for "the best work on Italian history" in 1984 for Family Life in Central Italy.
  • Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1982-3.
  • Fulbright Senior Lecturer, University of Catania, Italy, winter-spring 1978.
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, 1972-1973.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Brown University, 1969

Research Training and Grants

  • 2012-13: Co-director, NEH Summer Seminar for University and College Teachers, “Italy in the Age of the Risorgimento--, New Perspectives” held at the American Academy in Rome, summer 2013.
  • 2004-10: Principal investigator, “Explaining Very Low Fertility,” National Institutes of Health ($798,000.).
  • 2004-6: Principal investigator, “Explaining Very Low Fertility,” National Science Foundation ($253,000.).
  • 2002-3: Co-director, NEH Summer Seminar for University and College Teachers, “New Perspectives on Italy in the Age of the Risorgimento,” held at the American Academy in Rome, summer 2003.
  • 2002-4 Co-principal investigator, “Russia’s New Experiment in Power Sharing: Self- Determination, National Identity, and the First Russian Census,” Carnegie Corporation, $344,000.
  • 1998-2001 Co-principal investigator, “Recreating National Identity in the States of the Former Soviet Union,” Mellon Foundation ($40,000); NCEEER ($60,000).
  • 1996-98 Principal investigator, “The Lives of Abandoned Children,” National Science Foundation ($150,000.).
  • 1995-96 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers ($30,000.).
  • 1994 Principal investigator, "Conference on Anthropological Demography," Funded by NICHD ($31,398) and NIA ($5,000).
  • 1990-91 Principal investigator, "Infant Abandonment in Nineteenth-Century Italy," NSF ($50,000.).
  • 1989-90 Organizer of conference on "The Historical Demography of Aging." Funded by the National Institute on Aging ($39,408.).
  • 1988 Co-organizer (with Richard Saller) of conference on "The Historical Roots of the Western Family." Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Study Center), the Wenner-Gren Foundation ($10,000.), and NEH ($10,000).
  • 1986-1988 Principal investigator, "Coresidential Dynamics among Italian Sharecroppers," NSF ($110,000.).
  • 1986-1987 Guggenheim Fellowship.
  • 1984-1986 Principal investigator, "Longitudinal Perspectives on Demographic Behavior," NICHD ($349,000.).
  • 1982-1983 Principal investigator, continuation grant, "Household Dynamics in Longitudinal Perspective," NICHD ($148,000.)
  • 1982-1983 Grant to support fellowship at Center for Advanced Study, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • 1980 Research grant, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Catania, Italy.
  • 1980 Summer Institute on Life-Span Human Development, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford.
  • 1979-1982 Principal investigator, "Household Dynamics in Longitudinal Perspective," NICHD, ($254,000.).
  • 1975-1977 Principal investigator, "Social Change in an Urbanizing Italian Parish," National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, ($30,000.).
  • 1975-76 Co-principal investigator, "Dynamics of Age Stratification: The Latuka in Transition," Russell Sage Foundation.
  • 1974 NIH postdoctoral Summer Institute in Population. Carolina Population Center, Chapel Hill.