Francesca Cavarocchi received her doctoral degree in European History at the University of Bologna, and has been awarded research grants and fellowships (borsista/assegnista) by the universities of Bologna, Teramo and Udine; she currently has a teaching contract in contemporary history at the University of Florence. Her interests include the historical and sociological perspectives of antisemitism in Italy, fascist foreign policy, the memory of fascism in Europe, and the protection of cultural heritage in 20th century Italy. Her publications include Avanguardie dello spirito. Il fascismo e la propaganda culturale all’estero (Rome, Carocci, 2010) and, together with Elena Mazzini, La Chiesa fiorentina e il soccorso agli ebrei. Luoghi, istituzioni, percorsi (1943-1944) (Rome, Viella, 2018).
Patrizia Guarnieri, the project’s director, is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Florence. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard, a lecturer in the social history of science on the Overseas Program of Stanford University, CNR-NATO Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, London, Jean Monet Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute, and, most recently, M. Di Palermo McCauley Visiting Scholar at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY, New York. Her books include Italian Psychology and Jewish Emigration under Fascism. From Florence to Jerusalem and New York (New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016), which received an award at the Edinburgh Gadda Prize 2019 (Cultural Studies).
Anna Teicher took her degree in History at the University of Cambridge (GB), and was a Junior Research Fellow of Newnham College at the same university. She specialised initially in 16th century history, in particular the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, but her current research interests concern the collective experience of foreign Jewish scholars forced to leave Italy in the wake of the racial legislation. She is working on a study of her father, Jacob Leib Teicher, a Polish Jewish scholar who took his degree in Florence and moved to Great Britain in 1938, and has contributed to the volume Ark of Civilization. Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945 (Oxford, OUP, 2017).