Il vincitore del Premio Pulitzer David Kertzer è attualmente Professore Paul Dupee in Scienze Sociali a Brown University.
Il vincitore del Premio Pulitzer David Kertzer è attualmente Professore Paul Dupee in Scienze Sociali a Brown University. Il suo ultimo libro, Il Papa che sarebbe stato Re (The Pope Who Would be King, Random House, 2018), definito “ampiamente soddisfacente” dal giornale Christian Science Monitore e “una storia solida come il granito, con abbastanza intrighi e doppi sensi da competere con ogni romanzo di Robert Harris” dal Seattle Times, racconta la storia drammatica della rivoluzione romana del 1848, quando il papa fu costretto all’esilio e fu proclamata la fine della teocrazia papale. Il precedente libro di Kertzer, nell’edizione italiana Il patto col diavolo (The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, Random House, 2014), ha vinto il Premio Pulitzer per la Biografia nel 2015. Inoltre ha vinto il premio dell’Associazione Americana di Storia come miglior libro sulla storia d’Italia, ne sono state pubblicate undici edizioni. Il libro di Kertzer La storia di Amalia (Amalia's Tale, Houghton Mifflin, 2008) racconta la storia di una donna italiana illetterata del diciannovesimo secolo che contrasse la sifilide da un neonato affidatole dall’orfanotrofio locale. Sorprendentemente, la sua battaglia lunga dieci anni contro le istituzioni ed il pensiero comune si conclude con una vittoria. Una battaglia molto diversa è al centro del libro edito nel 2004, Il prigioniero del Vaticano (Prisoner of the Vatican) – la storia di due papi che combattono per la riconquista di Roma dal nuovo stato italiano, alla fine del diciannovesimo secolo – pubblicato da Houghton Mifflin. Il libro pubblicato nel 2001, I papi contro gli ebrei (The Popes against the Jews, Knopf/Vintage), Kertzer guarda al ruolo del Vaticano nell’ascesa del moderno anti-semitismo, pubblicato nelle edizioni in Italiano, Francese, Tedesco, Olandese, Spagnolo, Brasiliano, Polacco, Ungherese ed Inglese.
Il prigioniero del Papa Re (The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, Knopf/Vintage) fu finalista al National Book Award nel 1997, e fu pubblicato in diciotto edizioni straniere. Tra i primi libri di Kertzer, due hanno ricevuto il Premio Marraro dalla Society for Italian Historical Studies come miglior libro dell’ anno sulla storia d’Italia (1985, 1990).
Kertzer è riconosciuto un' autorità sul temi di politiche italiane, società italiana e la sua storia, simbolismo politico e demografia antropologica. È stato cofondatore e ha svolto il ruolo di coeditore per il Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Nel 2006 fu messa in scena una sceneggiatura teatrale sul caso Mortara scritta da Alfred Uhry al Guthrie Theater di Minneapolis. Nell’Aprile 2016, Steven Spielberg ha annunciato che avrebbe fatto un film basato sulla storia di Edgardo scritta da Kertzer, con sceneggiatura di Tony Kushner. Nel 2005 Kertzer è stato eletto membro dell’ American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dal 2006 al 2011, è stato Rettore di Brown University.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - co-directing summer seminar in 2003 at the American Academy in Rome.
Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University
Research Program in Politics, Culture, and Identity, of the Watson Institute for International Studies
Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, Cornell University Press, Berg Publishers, University of Arizona Press, Penn State Press, Routledge Press, Central European University Press, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Quarterly, Current Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology, Comparative Urban Research, Journal of Family History, Human Organization, Medical Anthropology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Anthropology, Signs, American Anthropologist, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Demography, Ethnohistory, Journal of Gerontology, International Review of Social History, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, The Gerontologist, Sex Roles, Journal of Ritual Studies, Man, Social Science and Medicine, Social History of Medicine, American Journal of Sociology; Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics; Polis, Catholic University Press, University of Toronto Press, East European Politics, Demography, Modern Italy, American Anthropologist.
Columbia, SUNY Binghampton, University of Bologna, Brown, Princeton, University of Palermo, Stanford, Nevada--Reno, Rochester, Wisconsin--Madison, European University (Florence), Harvard, Michigan--Ann Arbor, Cornell, Wesleyan, Ecole Française de Rome, University of Bari, Dickinson College (Bologna), Brandeis, Cambridge, Washington University, NYU, Sorbonne, University of Amsterdam, University of Nijmegen, Trinity College, Johns Hopkins (Bologna SAIS, and Baltimore), University of Stockholm, University of Linkoping, Indiana University, Boston University, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, Rhode Island School of Design; University of Rome-Sapienza, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris), University of Venice; University of California, Berkeley; University of Detroit; Dartmouth; Arizona State; Stonehill College; Northwestern; Central Florida; University of Washington, Civitella Raineri study center, Umbria; Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris; General Theological Seminary, New York.
- Social Sciences and Population Study Section (SSP), June 1979, and February, 1981.
- Special study section, NIA, May, 1981, & February 1982, NICHD, May 1984.
- Member, SSP study section (1984-1988).
- Chair, SSP Study Section meeting on Academic Research Enhancement Awards, Bethesda, 1985.
- Member, NICHD site review team, UC-Berkeley, January, 1990.
- Member, special study section, April 1991.
- Chair, Behavioral Medicine special Study Section, July, 1988.
- Member, special study section on intergenerational relations, January, 1989.
- Member, review committee of the five-year plan of NICHD Demographic and Behavioral Sciences branch, December 1993.
- Member, special study section on Hispanic child health, NICHD, April, 1994.
- Special member, SSP study section, NIH, June, 1995.
- Special study section, NICHD, March, 2006.
- Consultant, United Nations University (Tokyo), 1983-1988.
- Grant reviewer for NSF, NEH, the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
- Chairman of symposia/sessions: Population and Migration (American Anthropological Association annual meeting 1976); Anthropological Perspectives on Italian Society (Northeastern Anthropological Association ? annual meeting 1977); Urban Life in Mediterranean Europe (American Anthropological Association annual meeting 1977).
- Organizer (with Jennie Keith) of workshop on Age and Anthropological Theory, sponsored by National Institute on Aging, March 26-27, 1981. Bethesda, MD.
- Nominating Committee, Conference Group on Italian Politics, 1981.
- Nominating Committee, Social Science History Association, 1982-83.
- Organizer, Chairman and discussant, symposium on New Perspectives in Demographic Anthropology, International
- Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Science, Vancouver, 1983.
- Consultant, workshop on life-course methods for household and gender research, United Nations University, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 10-17, 1983.
- Consultant, U.N. University, Rio de Janeiro and Bogota, December, 1983; Colombo, May, 1984, Rio de Janeiro, December 1984; Santo Domingo, February 1985; Nairobi, January 1986; China, June-July 1986; Ivory Coast, January 1987.
- Discussant, "Recent research in Iberian family history and historical demography," annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Washington, D.C., October, 1983.
- Discussant, "New Directions for Anthropological Research in Italy," annual meeting of the AAA, Denver, 1984.
- Nominations committee (1984-85) and Predoctoral Fellowship committee (1988), Council for European Studies, 1984 85.
- Co-chair of program committee, Social Science History Association (for 1985 annual meeting, Chicago).
- Chair, panel on "Anthropology and History," annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, 1985.
- Organizer and chair, presidential thematic session, "The Development of the 'Modern Family': Toward a Convergence of Sociological, Anthropological and Historical Perspectives, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, September, 1986.
- Series of five lectures on "I riti politici e la lotta per il potere," Facoltà di Magistero, University of Bologna, May, 1987.
- Consultant to Portuguese family study group, sponsored by SSRC, Chicago, September, 1987.
- Organizer (with John Meyer and K. Warner Schaie), conference on "Comparative Perspectives on Age Structuring in Human Societies," Pennsylvania State University, October, 1987.
- Chair, Behavioral Medicine special Study Section, NIH, April, 1988.
- Member, Steering Committee, Council for European Studies, 1984-88.
- Executive Committee, Social Science History Association, 1987-89.
- Organizer and Discussant, session on "Politics and Ritual, Anthropology and History," annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, November, 1988.
- Discussant, session on "Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Household and Family in Southern Europe," American Anthropological Association, Phoenix, November, 1988.
- Member, Nominating Committee, Society for the Anthropololgy of Europe, 1989.
- Member, program committee, Council for European Studies, 1989-90.
- Organizer (with Richard Saller), Conference on the Historical Roots of the Western Family, Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Italy, June, 1989.
- Discussant, session on "Pilgrimage in the European tradition," American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., 1989.
- Discussant, session on "Anthropological Perspectives on European Politics," American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., 1989.
- Organizer (with Dennis Hogan) of session on "Intergenerational relations," at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New Orleans, February, 1990.
- Discussant, session on "Arenas of Struggle: Workplace, Community, Family," Conference of Europeanists, Washington, D.C., 1990.
- Chair, special study section of the Social Sciences and Population study section, NIH, April 1990. Organizer,
- Conference on the Historical Demography of Aging, Maine, 1990.
- Chair and discussant, session on "Household and Family in Old Age," Social Science History Association, New Orleans, October, 1991.
- Discussant, session on "Remembrance and Reconstruction of the European Left," AAA, Chicago, November 1991.
- Organizer and chair, plenary session of 1991 meeting of the American Anthropological Association: "The Impact of Nationalism and Ethnicity on Europe's Emerging Order."
- Chair and discussant, session on "Conceptualizing National Entities," Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, March, 1992.
- Editorial board, Historical Methods (1989-1992).
- Organizer, session on "The social and economic consequences of household structure," XXII General Conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Montreal, August, 1993.
- Nominating Committee, Social Science History Assoc., 1991-92, 1993-94.
- Chair and discussant, "Comparative urban class formation," Social Science History Association, Baltimore, Nov. 1993.
- Advisory Committee for Italian Studies, Fondazione Agnelli 1989-92.
- Organizer and co-chair, "What should anthropologists do about the crisis in the former Yugoslavia," annual meetings of the AAA, 1993.
- Chair, Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Committee on the Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia.
- Discussant, two sessions at the Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, April, 1994: "Family Policy and Working Mothers," and "Redefining Membership in the Collectivity."
- Discussant, session on Demographic Determinants of Household Structure, Population Association of America, San Francisco, April, 1995.
- Discussant, SSRC conference on Democracy and Cultural Change in the New Southern Europe, Crete, July, 1995.
- Executive Committee, Conference Group Italian Politics & Society 1989-95.
- Anthropology Advisory Committee, Fulbright Scholar awards, 1993-95.
- Deputy Editor, Demography (1993-5).
- Discussant, “Ritual and Politics in the Renaissance,” annual meeting of the American Historical Association, New York, January, 1997.
- Discussant, “Combining qualitative and quantitative data in demographic studies,” annual meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, D.C., March, 1997.
- Discussant, "Conceptualizing Europe in the 21st Century," annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November, 1997.
- Discussant, Session “Catholicism in postwar Europe,” annual meetings of the American Historical Association, January 1998.
- Chair, Session on Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods in Demographic Research,” annual meetings of the Population Association of America, Chicago, April 1998.
- Discussant, Roundtable on Fate and Fortune in Rural China, annual meetings of the Population Association of America, Chicago, April 1998.
- Member, external review committee, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.
- Discussant, Session on Historical Demography, annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 1998.
- Discussant, Session on the History of Italian Sharecropping, annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 1998.
- Chair, Session “Toward a Critical Anthropology of Population,” annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, December, 1998.
- Discussant, Session “Family Systems and Reproductive Strategizing,” annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, December, 1998.
- Chair, session “Family systems and reproduction in historical and anthropological perspective,” annual meetings of the PAA, New York City, March 1999.
- Discussant, session “Religion, ideology, and methods of fertility control,” annual meetings of the Population Association of America, New York City, March 1999.
- Panelist, roundtable on “The Past and Future of Family History and Historical Demography,” annual meetings of the Social Science History Association, Pittsburgh, October 2000.
- Organizer and Chair, Session “Anthropological Demography,” annual meetings of the Population Association of America, Washington, D.C., March 2001.
- Discussant, “The Russian Census of 2002,” Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April 2004.
- Discussant, session “Immigrants and the practice of ‘citizenship’,” American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 2005.
- Member, Scientific Committee, Genus (2008- ).
- Discussant, workshop on new research on Pius XI, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose, Bologna, March 2012.
- Roundtable on the current state of Italy and its future, American Academy in Rome, April 2012. Discussant, “American journalists in Fascist Italy,” Primo Levi Center, New York City, October 2012.