Federica Francesconi is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research and publications address the social, religious, and cultural aspects of the early modern history of Jews in Italy, focusing on the multifaceted politics and dynamics of ghetto life. Her forthcoming monograph is titled Invisible Enlighteners: Modenese Jewry from Renaissance to Emancipation. She is currently co-editing two volumes: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times (forthcoming with Brill) and Gender and Jewish Women in Historical Perspective (forthcoming with Wayne State University Press). Federica is Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of the journal Jewish History.