Research Team

 

Carmen-José Alejos Grau

Carmen-José Alejos holds a PhD in Philosophy and Letters (1993) and Theology (1990) from the University of Navarra (Spain). She was a lecturer at the Faculty of Education of the University of Navarra from 1995 to 1999 when she began working as a researcher at the Institute of Church History of the University of Navarra. In 2005 she joined the Faculty of Theology at the University of Navarra as a lecturer in Church History, where she continues to work today. She specialises in the history of religious ideas in Latin America. She is the author of 11 books, including the coordination of the 4 volumes Teología en América Latina (published between 1999 and 2008); and two works that study religious freedom and State-Church relations in Mexico Una historia olvidada e inolvidable. Carranza, Constitución e Iglesia Católica en México (1914-1919), of 2018, and Las leyes de Reforma y su aplicación en México, of 2021. He has also written more than eighty papers on issues in his speciality in national and international books and journals. Since 1990 she has made frequent visits to libraries and archives in Latin America and Europe. Since 2013 she has been dedicated to the study of State-Church relations in Mexico and has done research especially in the Archivio Apostolico Vaticano and the Archivio Storico della Segreteria di Stato. In 2002 she was appointed Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of History.

Email: calejos@unav.es

 
João Miguel Almeida
 
 

Researcher at the Center for Religious History Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal and at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

PhD in History from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he developed his post-doctoral project with a grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology (SFR/BPD/116189/2016).

Author of A Oposição Católica ao Estado Novo (1958-1974) (Edições Nelson de Matos, 2008). Coordinator, together with António Matos Ferreira, Religião e Cidadania. Protagonistas, Motivações e Dinâmicas Sociais no Contexto Ibérico (Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa/Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2011). Among the book chapters he has published, he highlights the following: “Portugal. La Iglesia y el Nacionalismo Católico”, in Católicos y patriotas. Religión y nación en La Europa de entreguerras, eds. Alfonso Botti, Feliciano Montero e Alejandro Quiroga, (Sílex Ediciones, 2013, 93-109); “Tecnocracia y tecnocatólicos en el Estado Novo português”, in La Tecnocracia hispânica. Ideas y proyecto político en Europa e América, coord. Antonio Cañellas Mas. (Ediciones Trea, 2016, 81-103); in colaboration with Rita Almeida de Carvalho, «La stampa cattolica portoghese tra adattamento e resistenze alla laicità (1976-1998)» in Ilaria Biagioli e Alfonso Botti (Org.), La laicità dei cattolici. Francia, Spagna e Portogallo sul declinare del XX secolo (Viella, 2018, 267-309); «El activismo católico portugués y las vías políticas para la transformación social (1884-1926), in De la Historia Eclesiástica a la Historia Religiosa. Estudios en homenaje al profesor Feliciano Montero Garcia, eds Julio de la Cueva Merino, Miguel Ángel Dionisio Vivas, Luis Carlos Gutiérrez Martínez-Conde, Enrique Orsi-Portalo, Marisa Tezanos Gandarillas e José Leonardo Ruiz Sánchez (Alcalá de Henares, 2018, 139-152). Among the articles published, highlights «Progressive Catholicism in Portugal: Considerations on Political Activism (1958-1974), “Histoire@Politique”30 (2016, 1-15).

Email: joãoalmeida@fcsh.unl.pt

 

Fernando Armas Asín

Doctor of Philosophy and Letters (History), specialized in the history of the Church in Latin America, currently a professor at Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru). He is a researcher dedicated to the history of the american Church, with an emphasis on socio-political and economic aspects. He has fifteen books and more than fifty published articles in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Among his most important books are: Liberales, Protestantes y Masones. Modernidad y Tolerancia Religiosa. Perú Siglo XIX (1998); La Construcción de la Iglesia en los Andes (1999, ed.); La invención del catolicismo en América. Procesos de evangelización en Iberoamérica, siglos XVI –XVIII (2009, ed.); Iglesia, Bienes y rentas Secularización liberal y reorganización patrimonial en Lima (1820-1950) (2007); and Patrimonio divino y capitalismo criollo. El proceso desamortizador de censos eclesiásticos en el Perú (2010).

He also has various awards such as the National Prize of the PUCP 2007, the University Book Prize 2006 of the National Assembly of Rectors (Peru), and the Juan Rulfo Prize of Radio Francia Internacional in 1994. He is part of the Peruvian Association of Economic History and since 2018, he was incorporated as a member of the Peruvian National Academy of History, on the seat of ecclesiastical history, being recognized as a corresponding member in other Ibero-American academies

Email: armas_fa@up.edu.pe

 

Daniele Bardelli

Graduated with Giorgio Rumi and PhD with Cesare Mozzarelli, he is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, where he teaches History of the Contemporary World, History of Sport and Sports Institutions, Making History with the Media and for the media. He belongs to the “Mario Romani” Department of Economic History, Society and Territorial Sciences. Among his publications: L’Italia viaggia. Il Touring Club, la nazione e la modernità (Roma 2004), Cattolicesimo, ginnastica e sport. Un percorso storico nel rapporto fra religione e attività motorie (Milano 2012), “Vita e Pensiero” 1914-1921. Una rivista cattolica d’avanguardia alle origini dell’Ateneo del Sacro Cuore (Storia dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, VII, Milano 2017). His research interests within the Occidentes project focus on two issues relating to Catholic public opinion in the age of Pius XII: 1) the American way of life and the “stile di vita del cristiano”: confrontations, clashes, influences; 2) the positions of the Catholic press with respect to the initiatives that shape the political West (NATO, ECSC, EEC etc.).

Website: https://docenti.unicatt.it/ppd2/it/docenti/14818/daniele-bardelli

Email: daniele.bardelli@unicatt.it

 

Alessandro Bellino

Alessandro Bellino, PhD in contemporary history at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (tutor: Agostino Giovagnoli), is a researcher at the University of Würzburg. (Prof. Dr. Dominik Burkard). He is member of the CUC research group on ‘Thinking Francis. History, actuality and perspectives for the future’, led by Prof. Possieri, Prof. Menozzi, Prof. Roccucci and Prof. De Cesaris. His studies focus on German Catholicism and its relations with the ecclesiastical hierarchy. In his book ‘The Vatican and Hitler’ he dealt with the relationship between Catholics, the episcopate, the Holy See and National Socialism during the pontificate of Pius XI on the basis of Vatican and German sources. His doctoral thesis, now being revised for publication, dealt with the relationship between the German Catholic party, Zentrumspartei, and the Vatican between 1870 and 1933. For the past few years, he has been investigating the relationship between German Catholicism and Latin America, with a special focus on the Episcopal Institute Adveniat and its relationship with liberation theology.

Email: ale.bellino@hotmail.it

 

Maria Bocci

Maria Bocci is full professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Since 2010 she has been scientific director of the General Archive for the History of the Università Cattolica. From 2008 to 2020 she directed the “Mario Romani” Department of History of the Economy, Society and Territorial Sciences and the Duke Marcello Visconti di Modrone Cultural Association for the study of the history of industry. She is part of the working group that produced the Storia dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. She is scientific director of numerous research projects financed by external bodies, is part of the editorial board of Edizioni Studium and participates in the Scientific Council of the same publishing house and in the International Scientific Board of the journal “History of Education & Childrens Literature”. He has written numerous essays and several monographs. His research focuses on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century social Catholicism, the reconstruction of the debate fuelled by Catholic intellectuals between Fascism and democracy, the history of contemporary culture and the historiographic channels that, between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, contributed to the construction of national identity. He also deals with the Italian Catholic world after the Second World War and ecclesial movements. His books include Oltre lo Stato liberale. Ipotesi su politica e società nel dibattito cattolico tra fascismo e democrazia (Bulzoni 1999), Agostino Gemelli rettore e francescano. Chiesa, regime, democrazia (Morcelliana 2003), L’Università Cattolica nelle carte degli archivi (Vita e Pensiero 2008), L’anima cristiana della contestazione. Gli studenti dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Studium 2020). With Marta Busani she edited Towards 1968. Studenti cattolici nell’Europa occidentale degli anni Sessanta (Studium 2020).

Website: https://docenti.unicatt.it/ppd2/it/docenti/13617/maria-bocci/profilo

Email: maria.bocci@unicatt.it

 

Marta Busani

Marta Busani is a research fellow in Contemporary History at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where she collaborates with the Department of History of Economy, Society and Territorial Sciences “Mario Romani”. Her research interests have focused on the partisan movements in Italy, the development of the Catholic laity after World War II and the international networks of youth associations in the Sixties. She has published the volume Gioventù Studentesca. Storia di un movimento cattolico dalla ricostruzione alla contestazione (Rome, 2016) and edited together with Maria Bocci the volume Towards 1968. Studenti cattolici nell’Europa occidentale degli anni Sessanta (Rome, 2021). As part of the “Occidentes” project she will explore the emergence of the international Catholic laity organizations after World War II and the role played by Pius XII in the development of Catholic universalism.

Email: marta.busani@gmail.com

 

Umberto Castagnino Berlinghieri

Umberto Castagnino Berlinghieri received a PhD in History of International Relations from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and he is currently a Researcher at the Università degli Studi di Parma. His main research subject concerns the Holy See as a diplomatic actor in the international politics, particularly its relations with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. His cronological interest spans from the end of the Ancien Régime to the first half of the 20th century, with some backward perspective to the early modern period. He is the author, among others, of two books: Diplomazia senza Stato: Santa Sede e Potenze europee. Le relazioni con la Duplice Monarchia austro-ungarica e con la Terza Repubblica francese (1870- 1914), Milano, Vita e Pensiero, 2013; e Congresso di Vienna e principio di legittimità: la questione del Sovrano Militare Ordine di San Giovanni Gerosolimitano, detto di Malta, Milano, Vita e Pensiero, 2006.

Website: https://personale.unipr.it/it/ugovdocenti/person/225573

Email: umberto.castagninoberlinghieri@unipr.it

 

Andrea Ciampani

Full Professor of Contemporary History at LUMSA University of Rome. PhD at La Sapienza University of Rome; post-doctorate fellowship at Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rome and at Kadoc of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; researcher at Department of International Studies of Padua University. Chairman of the network “Encounters of European Elites in the 19th Century” and Co-ordinator of the “Permanent Research Group on Social Europe” at the Historical Archives of European Union. Member of Scientific Committee of “Ricerche di Storia Politica” and “Archivum Historiae Pontificiae”. He has recently published Giulio Pastore (1902-1969). Rappresentanza sociale e democrazia politica, Roma 2020. He edited The Great War. A European Commitment of Research and Reflection (with R. Ugolini), Roma 2019, and Il Concilio Vaticano I e la modernità (with M. Baumeister, J. Jankowiak, R. Regoli) Roma 2020. He currently working on Italian history, catholic movement and international social relations.

Website: https://www.lumsa.it/andrea-ciampani

Email: a.ciampani@lumsa.it

 

Fernando Crovetto

Fernando Crovetto, Doctor in History and Theology, develops his research within the Istituto Storico San Josemaría Escrivá, and is the secretary of the journal Studia et Documenta of the same Institute. Besides studying aspects of the history of Opus Dei, especially its international expansion between 1945 and 1956; he has written about the development of Spanish Catholic Action during the 1930s and 1940s; and on the provincial councils held in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. His publications include a monograph on the 1908 Zaragoza Provincial Council, and another on the Italian influence on Spanish Catholic Action in the 1930s, as well as some articles in specialized magazines.

Email: fcrovetto@isje.it

 

Massimo De Leonardis

He made his career mostly at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, where since 2002 he was Full Professor of History of International Relations. From 2005 to 2017 he was Director of the Department of Political Sciences. After retirement as Full Professor, he now teaches History of Treaties and International Politics as Senior Lecturer. Since 1999 he is the head of the History Department at the Master in Diplomacy of the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale in Milan. President since 2015 of the International Commission of Military History [http://www.icmh-cihm.org/en/]. Scientific Advisor for the Humanities of the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy. Editor of the Quaderni di Scienze Politiche (http://www.qdsp.it/), and member of the editorial boards of several collections of books, journals and centres of studies. He is member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Class V: Social Sciences, Law and Economics) and was awarded the “Marin Drinov” of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has published 27 books and other 280 essays in seven languages. His main fields of research are: Anglo-Italian relations, the international relations of the Holy See, the use of military force and diplomacy, the Second World War, and the history of NATO. His books include:

L’Inghilterra e la Questione Romana 1859-1870, Milano 1980

La Gran Bretagna e la Resistenza partigiana in Italia (1943-1945), Napoli 1988

La “diplomazia atlantica” e la soluzione del problema di Trieste (1952-1954), Napoli 1992

Europa Stati Uniti: un Atlantico più largo?, Milano 2001

Guerra fredda e interessi nazionali. L’Italia nella politica internazionale del secondo dopoguerra, Soveria Mannelli 2014

Fede e diplomazia. Le relazioni internazionali della Santa Sede nell’età contemporanea, Milano 2014

Ultima ratio regum. Forza militare e relazioni internazionali, Milano 20172 (translated and published also in Bulgaria)

Storia dei Trattati e Politica Internazionale, Milano 20213.

NATO in the Post-Cold War Era: Continuity and Transformation, London 2022.

He is currently preparing a volume on the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United Kingdom from 1815 to 1982.

 

Susanna De Stradis

Susanna De Stradis is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Notre Dame, USA. A graduate of the Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa, Italy, De Stradis specializes on twentieth-century American Catholicism. In particular, her work focuses on the legacy of European Catholic intransigent culture in the pastoral and political attitude of the US hierarchy. Her dissertation project investigates the US Catholic reflection on religious freedom and Church-State relations in the years between 1939 and 1965, characterized by constitutional change and lively debate on the place of religion and religious actors in democratic regimes on both sides of the Atlantic. De Stradis publishes her research in scholarly journals (Archivio italiano per la storia della pietà, Religion & American Culture), as well as more generalist outlets (The Immanent Frame, Commonweal).

Email: sdestrad@nd.edu

 

Maria Chiara Dommarco

Maria Chiara Dommarco (Pisticci, Italy, 1993). She studies the relations between the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church in the 20th century. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in European and International Politics (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) in June 2021, she qualified as a university teacher in theology at Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Postgraduate Studies (Moscow Patriarchate). In 2019-2020 she joined the project «Entangled Histories: Russia and the Holy See, 1917-1958» as a Junior Research Fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). In 2020 she published the historical monograph Un compito eccezionale e rischioso. Il governo bolscevico e la Santa Sede al tempo della carestia degli anni Venti. Among her articles: The Holy See’s Modus Operandi in Dealing with Some Requests for Assistance Sent to the Vatican in the 1920s and 1930s: Based on New Archival Documents (2019). Her current research includes the history of the Jesuits in Czechoslovakia in the 1940s and 1950s.

 

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Joseph Doublet

Born in Pieta`, Malta, on February 14th, 1983, Rev. Dr Nicholas Joseph Doublet obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of Malta, obtaining his Doctorate in Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome with a study on the Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs during the pontificate of Benedict XV (1914-1922). He also holds a Diploma in Archivistics from the Vatican School. He lectures in Church History at the Faculty of Theology, and in Palaeography and Diplomatics in the Department of Library information and Archive Sciences, at the University of Malta. He is also the Diocen Archivist for the Archdiocese of Malta. His main research interest is in Vatican diplomacy in the contemporary period and has published a study on the pontificate of Benedict XV, namely A politics of peace. The Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs during the pontificate of Benedict XV (1914-1922), Rome, Edizioni Studium, 2019.

Email: nicholas.doublet@um.edu.mt

 

Rafael Escobedo Romero

Rafael Escobedo (Pamplona, Spain, 1977) is Associate Professor of Modern History, and deputy director of the Department of History, History of Art and Geography at the Universidad de Navarra, and of Anuario de historia de la Iglesia, a journal on Church history. He graduated in History from the Universidad de Navarra in 1999, and completed his PhD in History at the same University in 2004 with a dissertation on the Spanish Royal Treasury’s tobacco monopoly during the eighteenth century. He currently researches on American Catholic attitudes and discourses about Franco’s Spain, religious freedom before Vatican II, and religion and politics. He has been Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, visiting researcher at CNRS (Bordeaux) and at the Universities of Cambridge, Texas at Austin, and Georgetown, as well as visiting lecturer at the Universities of Piura, Budapest, Frankfurt (Oder), Catholic of Lublin, and Catholic of America.

Website: https://sites.google.com/unav.es/rafael-escobedo/

 

András Fejérdy

András Fejérdy is senior research fellow of the Church History department at the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, (PhD 2010; ELTE University of Budapest). He is the deputy director of the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities. He also serves as associate professor for Church History at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (habilitation 2017, Pázmány Péter Catholic University). He has been the Scientific secretary of Balassi Institute, Hungarian Academy in Rome (2011–2015). His research interests include religious history, the history of the Catholic Church in East-Central Europe and the relationship between the Holy See and Hungary in modern and contemporary history with special attention to the communist period. His list of publications includes more than thirty articles and chapters in international journals and collections of studies; eleven edited volumes (in English, Italian and Hungarian), and three monographs. Among them Pressed by a Double Loyalty: Hungarian Attendance at the Second Vatican Councile by CEU Press (2016); The Trial of Cardinal József Mindszenty from the Perspective of Seventy Years. The Fate of Church Leaders in Central and Eastern Europe. Edited by András Fejérdy and Bernadett Wirthné Diera. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Città del Vaticano, 2021.

Website: https://tti.abtk.hu/tagok/adatlap/afejerdy

Email: fejerdy.andras@abtk.hu

 

Hugo Gonçalves Dores

Hugo Gonçalves Dores (Lisbon, 1983) obtained his PhD degree from the University of Lisbon, in 2014, with the thesis “A Mission to the Empire: Missionary Policies and the ‘new imperialism’”. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for the History of Society and Culture (University of Coimbra) with a project on the policies and discourses on colonial education associated with international strategies of social and economic development in late colonialism and the role of UNESCO in Africa. His works also focus on missionary and religious policies in colonial empires throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. He is a member of the Center of Religious Studies History (Catholic University of Portugal). He is the author of A Missão da República (1910-1926) (2015), Politics and Religion in the Portuguese Colonial Empire in Africa (1890-1930) (2021), and co-editor of Education and Development in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa (2020).

Email: hfgdores@gmail.com

 

Luís Leal

Luís Leal has a degree in Theology (2008) from the Faculty of Theology of the Portuguese Catholic University – Porto, with the thesis “Like ‘A god strolling in the Cool of the evening…’: theological-narrative reading of a contemporary Portuguese novel”. In 2010, he completed his Master’s (“Biennium”) in Fundamental Theology at the Instituto Teológico Compostelano – Pontifical University of Salamanca, presenting the thesis “Theology as ‘narrative memory (anamnesis)’: the (theological-fundamental) proposal of JB Metz.” (Madrid: Editorial Sindéresis, 2017) and in 2017 he completed his PhD in Contemporary History at the University of Porto, with the dissertation entitled “Father Américo Monteiro de Aguiar: A ‘theologian of action’ in contemporary Portugal”. He is an Integrated Researcher and Board Member of the Center for Studies in Religious History (UCP-CEHR), where he collaborates in boosting its activities in the Porto and North region. He is a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Portuguese Catholic University – Porto in the area of ​​Practical Theology.

Website:https://ft.ucp.pt/pt-pt/pessoa/luis-leal?parent-page=21371

Email: lleal@ucp.pt

 

Santiago Martínez Sánchez

Santiago Martínez Sánchez (Jaén, 1970) is a researcher on History of Opus Dei at the Josemaría Escrivá Study Center (University of Navarra). He received his PhD in History in 2003 at the University of Navarra. He has published a biography on the archbishop of Seville Pedro Segura (2004, Los papeles perdidos del Cardenal Segura), an edited book on the founder of Opus Dei (Cronología sobre José María Escrivá, 1927-1936, with Inmaculada Alva, José Luis González Gullón, María Jesús Coma and Rafael Zafra, 2020) and a recent book titled Opus Dei. Metodología, mujeres y relatos (2021, with Fernando Crovetto). He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley, in 2008. His research focuses on the history of Opus Dei from its beginnings in 1928 until 1962, and the political and religious environment in Spain between the 1930s and 1950s.

Email: smartinez@unav.es

 

Paulo Miguel Martins

Paulo Miguel Martins completed his doctorate in History of Culture and Mentalities in the contemporary period, from ISCTE-IUL, with the thesis “Cinema in Portugal: Industrial documentaries”. The thesis was defended in 2010 and published the following year by the INCM-Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda. He has a degree in History from the University of Porto and also a master’s degree in History from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is a professor at ESAD-Escola Superior de Artes e Design, from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, in the degree of Sound and Image and also teaches the discipline of History and Image, in the Master of Modern and Contemporary History at ISCTE-IUL. 

At the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, he gives lectures in the Video course, on “History of Cinema”. He has supervised master’s theses and was part of evaluation juries. He has participated in the organization of artistic exhibitions and from 2004 to 2014, two of them visited various cultural centers across the country. He was a researcher at FCT’s research project on Theory and aesthetics of documentary cinema. He dedicates himself to writing scripts, having already been shown on television RTP 2 one of the documentaries where he collaborated. He has three novels published to date and several articles in the Portuguese press in the areas of Cinema and History.

Website: http://paulomiguelmartins.wordpress.com/

Email: pmartins.pm@gmail.com

 

Rita Mendonça Leite

Rita Mendonça Leite (Lisbon, 1982) got her degree in History from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (2004), where she also concluded, in 2007, her Masters Degree in Contemporary History under the theme “Representations of the Protestantism in the Portuguese Contemporary Society: from exclusion to religious freedom (1852-1911)”; and, in 2017, her PhD Degree in History and Culture of Religions, with the Thesis “Text and Authority. Sociocultural and religious diversification with the Bible Society in Portugal (1804-1940)”, recently published by Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda. She has been recognized with a Merit Award from the “Victor de Sá Award in Contemporary History” in 2008; and with the First Prize of the “Prémio Liberdade Religiosa” in 2017. She is a Junior Researcher at the Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP-CEHR); a collaborator researcher of the Centro de História – Universidade de Lisboa (CH-ULisboa); and a member of the Association Française d’Histoire Religieuse Contemporaine (AFHRC) and of the Sociedade Portuguesa da História do Protestantismo (SPHP). She is currently Deputy Director of UCP-CEHR and a member of the Editorial Board of Lusitania Sacra.

Email: ritamendoncaleite@ucp.pt

 

Pablo Mijangos y González

Pablo Mijangos is professor and chair of the History Department at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City. He is the author of five books, co-editor of four edited volumes, and single editor of one more. These publications belong to two grand research agendas. The first one is a cultural and political history of Mexico’s Reforma (1848-1870), the liberal revolution that accomplished one of the earliest and most radical experiments of church-state separation in Latin America. The second research agenda deals with the history of justice administration in Mexico, as well as with the present renewal and public relevance of legal history. His current projects deal with the negotiation and enforcement of concordats in Latin America, reading them as a juridical tool to solve the most pressing problems of church and state. For the “Occidentes” project, he wants to explore the influence of anticommunism and the old concept of “Catholic civilization” in the 1954 concordat between the Holy See and the Dominican Republic, as well as in the 1957 Vatican agreements with Argentina and Bolivia (on military chaplains and indigenous missions, respectively).

Website: https://www.cide.edu/dh/profesores/profesor/?id=94

E-mail: pablo.mijangos@cide.edu

 

Juan Diego Molina Méndez

Pre-doctoral reasearcher at the Institute of Culture and Society at University of Navarra. BA in History (University of Salamanca), MA in Political Science and MA in Economic Analysis of Public Policies (University of Salamanca). He has done research for the University of Lisbon, the University of Salamanca, and the University of Santiago de Compostela. His studies are focused in Latin-American contemporary history and politics.

Email: j.d_molina@hotmail.com

 

Santiago de Navascués

Santiago de Navascués (Pamplona, 1993) is a researcher in Contemporary History at the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR). He holds a PhD in History from the University of Navarra with a thesis on “The political and intellectual career of Salvador de Madariaga”. His research covers fields such as the history of contemporary Spain, the history of International Relations, the history of liberalism in the 20th century and the figure of the intellectual in the formation of modern ideologies. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Notre Dame (2017) and at the University of Geneva (2019-2020). Among his publications: A debate on Spain’s regions in Franco’s times: the Spanish federal council of the European movement through Salvador de Madariaga’s correspondence (History of European Ideas, 2019); Lo hispano-mexicano en Salvador de Madariaga: la nueva ciudad mestiza (Eunsa, 2019); Yeast and Dough: Failed Discussions on the “European Spirit” at the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (1933-1936) (Historia y Política, 2022); Una larga transición: el centrismo como espacio convergencia entre la oposición al franquismo (1944-1948) (Historia contemporánea, 2022). Upcoming publication: Salvador de Madariaga. El hombre que entró por la ventana (Marcial Pons, 2022).

Email: sdenavascue@alumni.unav.es

 

Gema Pérez Herrera

Gema Pérez Herrera is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Valladolid. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Navarra, where she defended her thesis in Contemporary History: The Political Career of José Pedro Pérez-Llorca (1975-1982). Her lines of research focus on the political and cultural history of recent Spain, the relationship between history and cinema, and women’s studies. She has taught at the University of Piura, the University of Navarra, the International University of Catalonia and the International University of La Rioja. Some of her publications are José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, una biografía política. (2020), The Memory of Nations – Democratic Transition Guide: The spanish experience ( CEVRO 2020), UCD y sus gobiernos ante el Estatuto de Autonomía de Cataluña (1978-1979) (Historia del Presente, 2021), Los proyectos de los constituyentes para la España de las autonomías (Universidad de Zaragoza, 2019), De heroínas y mujeres. La trayectoria cinematográfica del personaje de Lady Marian (Arbor, 2016).

Email: gema.perez.herrera@uva.es

 

Pablo Pérez López

Pablo Pérez López is Professor of Late Modern History at the University of Navarra (Spain). He was previously Professor at the University of Valladolid (Spain) until 2013. He currently heads the Department of History and is scientific director of the Institute for Culture and Society at his university. His current research focuses on the history of the transition to democracy in Spain, comparative European history, and cultural history. He is a member of the academic commission of the Fundación Transición Española, of the board of directors of the Asociación de Historiadores del Presente, of the scientific councils of the Asociación de Historia Actual and of the Istituto Storico San Josemaria Escrivá (Rome). His latest publications include España contemporánea (2021), Charles de Gaulle. El estadista rebelde (2020) and La Transición española. Una perspectiva internacional (2020).

Website: https://www.unav.edu/web/investigacion/nuestros-investigadores/detalle-investigadores-cv?investigadorId=126925&investigador=Perez%20Lopez,%20Pablo

Email: paperezlo@unav.es

 

Roberto Regoli

Roberto Regoli, H.E.D., H.E.L., Ph.B.A., S.T.B.A. (Gregoriana, Rome), is full professor of contemporary Church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), head of the Department of Church History, as well as editor of Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. His areas of research include the history of the Papacy, the Roman Curia, and pontifical diplomacy from the 19th to the 21st centuries. He is a member of various scientific committees and organizations, including the Advisory Committee of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism of the University of Notre Dame (Rome branch), the Scientific Committee of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary for the organization of historical conferences, the Centro Studi di Cultura Cristiana of the Giorgio La Pira International Center of Florence, the Prize of the Ambassadors to the Holy See and the scientific boards of the journals Analecta Augustiniana and Verba Theologica. He founded and coordinates the “Pontificia” section of the “Cultura” series of the Studium Editions.

Website: https://www.unigre.it/it/docenti/scheda/?id=1144

Email: regoli@unigre.it

 

Matteo Sanfilippo

Matteo Sanfilippo is Full Professor of Modern History at the Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e della Comunicazione of the Università della Tuscia (4, S. Maria in Gradi, 01100 Viterbo, Italy). Moreover, he is the Director of the Historical Institute of the Scalabrinian Fathers (Rome) and the co-ordinator of the scientific journal Studi Emigrazione. He is also co-editor of the Archivio storico dell’emigrazione italiana and of the related Web Site www.asei.eu, and on the advisory board of many journals and collections. Among his monographs: L’affermazione del cattolicesimo nel Nord America. Elite, emigranti e chiesa cattolica negli Stati Uniti e in Canada, 1750-1920, Viterbo, Sette Città, 2003; La Santa Sede e l’emigrazione dall’Europa centro-orientale negli Stati Uniti tra Ottocento e Novecento, Viterbo, Sette Città, 2010; L’emigrazione nei documenti pontifici, Todi, Tau Editrice, 2018. Among the edited volumes: (with Kathleen Sprows Cummings), Holy See’s Archives as Sources for American History, Viterbo, Sette Città-Cushwa Center, 2016; (with Antal Molnár and Giovanni Pizzorusso), Chiese e nationes a Roma: dalla Scandinavia ai Balcani, Roma, Viella, 2017; (with Péter Tusor), Gli “angeli custodi” delle monarchie: i cardinali protettori delle nazioni, Viterbo, Sette Città, 2018, and Gli agenti presso la Santa Sede delle comunità e degli Stati stranieri, I-II, Viterbo, Sette Città 2020 e 2021; (with Marco De Nicolò), Papi, curia e città in età moderna, Roma, Viella, 2019.

Email: matteosanfilippo@unitus.it

 

Karim Schelkens

Karim Schelkens (°1977) is a full time associate professor in religious history at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (Tilburg University, The Netherlands) and a guest professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (KULeuven, Belgium). In 2007, he obtained his PhD in Leuven, which was crowned with the C. de Clercq Award by the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow for the National Research Fund FWO-Flanders and got a degree in postdoctoral studies at the Canadian Université Laval.

Schelkens  served as General Secretary of the European Society for Catholic Theology (2012-2018), and is the author/editor of some twenty academic books regarding the history of religion. Currently, he is vice dean of research at Tilburg University. Among his research foci are the preconciliar ecumenism, the development of Biblical Exegesis,  the history of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Website: https://research.tilburguniversity.edu/en/persons/karim-schelkens/

Email: K.Schelkens@tilburguniversity.edu

 

Elena Serina

Elena Serina is a Ph.D candidate studying 20th-century Roman Catholicism in the Department of Global History and Governance at the Scuola Superiore Meridionale of Naples. For her Master’s dissertation, she studied the figure of Louis Dimier, one of the first “dissidents” of the Action Française because of his “fervent Catholicism”.

Actually, she is working on a Ph.D thesis aiming to investigate the role of the Holy See in the Postwar European reconstruction. In particular, she will develop a specific focus on the transnational network of charitable lay organizations championed by Pope Pius XII to face the wartime humanitarian emergency and gain a leading role in the rehabilitation of society. By doing that, she aims to reconstruct the evolution of Pius XII’s public discourse on charity and his attempt to encourage and coordinate the efforts of Catholic social actors until the creation of Caritas Internationalis (1953). The study of this progressive internationalization of Christian-based humanitarian assistance will allow us to understand the interactions, the mutual exchanges, and the circulation of ideas and practices concerning charity both inside and outside the Catholic milieu. Moreover, it will enable us to determine the role of the Holy See as a global social policymaker, aiming to influence the development of welfare policies and the emerging language of social rights.

Email: elena.serina@iusspavia.it

 

Pawel Skibiński

Dr. Pawel Skibinski, born in 1973, professor of contemporary history at the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw, specialist in the contemporary history of Spain and the universal Catholic Church in the 20th century. Since 2020 deputy scientific director of the Institute of the Heritage of National Thought in Warsaw. Since 2016 head of the editorial board of the newspaper of Msgr. Stefan Wyszynski (published 10 volumes out of 27). Author of 6 books. Most recently published: The Church in the Face of Totalitarianism (1917-1989). World Catholicism and the Polish experience (Warsaw, 2022).

Email: p.d.skibinski@uw.edu.pl

 

Paolo Valvo

Paolo Valvo (Milan, 1984) is researcher in Contemporary History at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where he teaches Social History and History of European Civilization and Culture. After graduating magna cum laude in International Relations and European Integration at the UCSC (2009) he obtained his Ph.D. in Historical Sciences at the School of Advanced Historical Studies of the University of San Marino (2012). In 2018 he has obtained the National Scientific Qualification of Associate Professor (ASN) in Contemporary History and History of International Relations and Institutions. He is international corresponding member of the Academia Mexicana de la Historia, member of the Scientific Committees of Fondazione De Gasperi and CISD-Centro Internazionale di Studi e Documentazione “Pio XI” as well as of the RIGG-Römischen Instituts der Görres-Gesellschaft. He has been visiting researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas of the UNAM-Universidad Nacional Autόnoma de México and invited lecturer at the Pontifical Gregorian University. His current research interests include religious freedom and Church-State relations in 20th century’s Mexico, the Jesuit intellectual networks in Latin America and the shaping of the ideas of Western civilization and Christian civilization in the papal magisterium. Among his publications: Dio salvi l’Austria! 1938: il Vaticano e l’Anschluss (Milan, Mursia, 2010); Pio XI e la Cristiada. Fede, guerra e diplomazia in Messico , 1926-1929 (Brescia, Morcelliana, 2016); (ed. with Roberto Regoli), Tra Pio X e Benedetto XV. La diplomazia pontificia in Europa e in America Latina nel 1914 (Rome, Studium, 2018); (ed.), La libertà religiosa in Messico. Dalla rivoluzione alle sfide dell’attualità (Rome, Studium, 2020).

Website: https://docenti.unicatt.it/ppd2/it/docenti/27954/paolo-antonio-benedetto-valvo/profilo

Email: paoloantonio.valvo@unicatt.it

 

Carlos Veci Lavín

Carlos Veci Lavín (Santander, Spain, 1993). He studies the crossroads where the state, religion, culture and education met in the 20th century. In 2019, he undertook a research stay at the Fondazione Ugo Spirito-Renzo de Felice and studied the documentation on Spain from the pontificate of Pius XI in the Vatican archives, where he began to connect his research with Church History and international relations. The result are works such as his PhD dissertation (2021), Educación nacional: trayectoria política de José Ibáñez Martín (1914-1958), about a Spanish Minister of Education, Scuola y propaganda: las políticas educativas del régimen fascista y la España de Franco (1922-1945) (AHC Congress, 2021) or ‘Educating Spain’. Ruptures and Continuities of the Idea of Society during early Franquism (1939-1951) (with Carl Lemke, ISCHE, 2021). He is currently researching on the politics of education in the Spanish Transition at the Instituto Cultura y Sociedad (ICS) of the Universidad de Navarra.

Email: cveci@alumni.unav.es

 

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