David I. Kertzer (born 1948) is Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology (since 1992), Professor of History (1992–2001), and Professor of Italian Studies (since 2001) at Brown University. He was Provost of Brown from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2011. In 2005 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is the author of numerous books and articles on politics and culture, European social history, anthropological demography, 19th-century Italian social history, contemporary Italian society and politics, and the history of Vatican relations with the Jews and the Italian state. His book, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction in 1997. This work is currently being made into a motion picture by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. His 2001 book, The Popes Against the Jews, has been published in nine languages. His latest book, entitled "The Pope and Mussolini," was published in 2014.
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005
Mark Lynton Prize for History, finalist 2002, The Popes Against the Jews
Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, May–June 2000.
Fulbright Chair, University of Bologna, Spring 2000.
American Academy of Rome, Department of Education Professor, Fall 1999.
National Book Award for Nonfiction for 1997, finalist, for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Also National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian relations, 1997.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1995-96.
1990 Marraro Prize (Society for Italian Historical Studies) for "the best work on Italian history" in 1989 for Family, Political Economy, and Demographic Change.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1986-1987.
1985 Marraro Prize (Society for Italian Historical Studies) for "the best work on Italian history" in 1984 for Family Life in Central Italy.
Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1982-3.
Fulbright Senior Lecturer, University of Catania, Italy, winter-spring 1978.
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, 1972-1973.
Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Brown University, 1969.
- Comrades and Christians: Religion and Political Struggle in Communist Italy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1980
- Family Life in Central Italy, 1880-1910: Sharecropping, Wage Labor and Coresidence. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1984.
- Ritual, Politics and Power. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.
- Family, Political Economy, and Demographic Change: The Transformation of Life in Casalecchio, Italy, 1861-1921 (with Dennis Hogan). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
- Sacrificed for Honor: Italian Infant Abandonment and the Politics of Reproductive Control. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993
- Politics and Symbols: The Italian Communist Party and the Fall of Communism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.
- The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. New York: Knopf, 1997.
- The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican’s Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism. New York: Knopf, 2001.
- Prisoner of the Vatican: The Pope’s Plot to Capture Italy from the New Italian State. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004.
- Amalia’s Tale: a Peasant’s Fight for Justice in 19th Century Italy. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008.
- The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe. New York: Random House, 2014.
- Bruno Riccio “Kertzer, David I.” Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology New York: Routledge, 2004.
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