Dupee University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology & Italian Studies:
Phone: +1 401 863 3251
Ph.D. Brandeis U 1974
Professor David Kertzer's research ranges widely, including: Italian politics and history, anthropological demography, social organization, politics and symbols, political economy and family systems, age structuring, European historical demography and the history of Catholic Church-Jewish relations.
Kertzer's major interests include the anthropological study of politics; anthropological demography; and European social history. He is particularly interested in how political identities are created and in the role of religion in politics.
For the past several years Kertzer has been working in newly opened Vatican archives, along with Italian state archives, on a book that probes the relationship between Pope Pius XI and Mussolini. It should be completed during his 2011-12 sabbatical year.
Modern Italian History