Francesca Trivellato named the Hilles Professor of History

Francesca Trivellato, the newly appointed Frederick W. Hilles Professor of History, specializes in the social and economic history of Italy and Mediterranean Europe in the early modern period.

Her most recent book, “The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period,” published by Yale University Press in 2009, won the 2010 American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award for the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the 17th- and 18th-century European history. Selected for the long list for the 2010 Cundill Prize in History, the book also was co-winner of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for the best book in early modern and modern Jewish history published in English between 2006 and 2010.

Her other publications include a book on Venetian glass manufacturing; two co-edited volumes of essays; and numerous articles on craft guilds, merchant networks and Jewish commercial activities.

A graduate of the University of Venice, Italy, Trivellato earned a Ph.D. from Luigi Bocconi University in Milan and a Ph.D. from Brown University. She was an assistant professor at the University of Venice before coming to Yale in 2004. She is co-editor in chief of Jewish History.