John Davis

Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History

University of Connecticut

John A. Davis is Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History at the University of Connecticut, and a leading authority on the history of modern Italy. A John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, Davis has received the Serena Medal of the British Academy and the International Galileo Galilei Prize in recognition of his contributions to modern Italy history. A Resident of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London) and a member of the academic board of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, he has taught and lectured at numerous universities in Italy and Europe as well as the USA. He is general editor of the seven volume Oxford Short History of Italy (Oxford University Press 2000-2006) and has edited many  collective volumes, including Italy and America 1943-4 (Napoli, Cittá del Sole 1997). His recent publications include Naples and Napoleon: Southern Italy in the Age of the European Revolutions (Oxford University Press 2006 – Italian edition Rubbettino Editore 2013), which won the Howard and Helen Marraro Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book on Italy in any period (2007), the Premio Internazionale Sele d’Oro and the Literary  Award of the International Napoleonic Society.  His most recent  book, The Jews of San Nicandro, was published by Yale University Press (October 2010) and has been published in Italian by La Giuntina (Firenze 2013). He is currently working on Italy’s  ‘Southern Question’ from Unification to the present’ and on the liberal revolutions of the 1820s in Italy and Spain.