School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti

Dr Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti


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UCL Italian
Foster Court


  • Lecturer in Italian Studies
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


1.  The Jewish community of Livorno. Born in relatively recent times, this community had a privileged status and benefited from a long list of exemptions and protections related to the development of the activities connected with the port, and knew an exponential demographic and economic growth throughout the XVII and XVIII century. My research focused on the passage from this system of “privilege in inequality” — typical of the ancien régime — to emancipation.

2. Italian Jewish cultural history. Emancipation and integration. For the PhD, I embarked on a reconstruction of the cultural history of the Italian Jewry between the unification of Italy and WWI, with a special attention to the broader context of Italian and European culture and to the evolution of the idea of ​​nation and history of nationalism. My aim was to connect the understanding of the transformation of the minority’s self-representation with the new interpretative paradigms of the Italian nation-building process that were being developed at the time.

3. The social and political integration of the Italian Jewish minority between the local and the national dimensions. Methodological issues.

4. History of the historiography of the Risorgimento. Michele Rosi's private journal (1901-1933). History of university.

5. History of antisemitism in Liberal Italy.

6. In the immediate future I intend to develop a new field of research, which deals with the history of  civil marriage and divorce in Italy from the 1860s to the 1970s. In particular, this project tackles the issue from two related thematical perspectives: the history of women’s emancipation and the relation between Church/es and State.

Award year Qualification Institution
2017 FHEA
ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow
Academic studies in Higher Education
University College London
2006 PhD
Dottorato di Ricerca
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
2006 PhD
Universite Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)
2001 Dip.
Historical Studies
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
2001 LAU
Universita degli Studi di Pisa

I received my laurea in 2001 from the University of Pisa, and my PhD in 2006 from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. As Research Fellow at the Fondazione Einaudi (Turin) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (ENS/CNRS, Paris) and at the Foundation Centre of Contemporary Jewish Documentation (Milan), and as Scholar in Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University) I developed a varied research experience in different sectors of Modern Jewish European history and in the study of the social and cultural relationships between majorities and minorities. I have also developed a thorough, multifaceted and balanced expertise in the history of nation and nationalism, as well as on the methodological issues raised by the analysis of the connections between religious, cultural and political history. I live and work in London and Pisa. 


Cultural history|*|European Jewish history (XIX-XX centuries)|*|Gender and women's history|*|History of antisemitism|*|History of marriage and divorce|*|History of minorities|*|History of nation and nationalism