Maria Chiara Rioli (1984) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the universities of Ca’ Foscari in Venice and Fordham in New York with the project REL-NET – Entangled Interfaith Identities and Relations from the Mediterranean to the United States: The St James Association and Its Transnational Christian-Jewish Network in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
In 2019 she was also awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellowship, University of Limerick, with the project RESCUE – Refugees’ Strategies for Caring Urban Environment: For an Entangled History of Shuʿfat Refugee Camp in Jerusalem (declined for incompatibility with the MSCA Global Fellowship).
She was Project Manager, Digital Humanist and Post-doctoral Fellow of the ERC project OPEN JERUSALEM – Opening Jerusalem Archives for a Connected History of ‘Citadinité’ in the Holy City, 1840–1940, directed by Vincent Lemire (2014–2019).
She is PI Consultant of the Horizon2020 ITHACA – Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency project (2021–2025).
She holds the Italian national scientific habilitations (ASN) as Associate Professor in Contemporary History and in History of International Relations, unanimous approvals with «full merit» («extraordinary theoretical and methodological maturity of the candidate», «innovative publications», «robust international profile»).
She defended her PhD in Contemporary History at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, 2014).
She is a member of the editorial board of the Open Jerusalem book series at Brill. She takes part as a research team member to the ARCHIVAL CITY – Bridging Urban Past and Future project (University Gustave Eiffel, Paris).
She had postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Scuola Normale Superiore, and Sangalli Institute. She received grants from the French Research Centre in Jerusalem, the French Institute in the Near East, the Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s Scholarship for Young Researchers, the Fondazione Angelo Frammartino.
She was invited to give talks and seminars at the University of Florida, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, University of Leiden, French School in Rome.
She published on journals as Relations Internationales, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Contemporanea, Cristianesimo nella storia.
She serves as a peer reviewer for Oxford University Press.
Her research interests extend to the urban history of modern Jerusalem, history of Christianity in the Middle East, migration history, history of disability, history of humanitarianism, history of archives, public digital history.
Among her publications:
Monographs, historical critical editions and edited volumes:
- L'archivio Mediterraneo. Documentare le migrazioni contemporanee (Roma: Carocci, 2021)
- A Liminal Church: Refugees, Conversions and the Latin Diocese of Jerusalem, 1946–1956 (Leiden: Brill, 2020) («Rioli’s work on social history and archives is generous and generative» (Mezna Qato, Cambridge University); «a unique scholarship» (Church History); «the archival research that went into A Liminal Church is truly exemplary» (Pulitzer Prize David Kertzer, Quest); «a micro-global history, […] a rare […] groundbreaking work» (Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies); «a pioneering book» (Revue d’histoire ecclesiastique); articles in Hebrew and English on Haaretz)
- Giorgio La Pira, Giovanni Battista Montini, Scrivo all’amico. Carteggio (1930-1963), edited with Giuseppe Emiliano Bonura (Rome-Brescia: Studium-Istituto Paolo VI, 2019)
- Ritornare a Israele: Giorgio La Pira, gli ebrei, la Terra Santa, edited by Maria Chiara Rioli (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2016)
Peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters:
- Sound Power: Musical Diplomacy Within the Franciscan Custody in Mandate Jerusalem (with Riccardo Castagnetti), in European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine, 1918–1948: Between Contention and Connection, edited by Karène Sanchez Summerer and Sary Zananiri (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)
- Catholic Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinian Refugees: The Franciscan Casa Nova during the 1948 War, in Christian Missions and Humanitarianism in The Middle East, 1850–1950, edited by Inger Marie Okkenhaug and Karène Sanchez Summerer (Leiden: Brill, 2020)
- “«Don Milani è sempre nel suo posto di avanguardia “missionaria”». Don Lorenzo Milani e Giorgio La Pira nelle carte della Fondazione La Pira” (with Federico Ruozzi), Cristianesimo nella storia 41, 1 (2020), 347–85, 2020
- Introducing Jerusalem: Visiting Cards, Advertisements and Urban Identities at the Turn of the 20th Century, in Ordinary Jerusalem, 1840–1940: Opening New Archives, Revisiting a Global City, edited by Angelos Dalachanis and Vincent Lemire (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 29–49 (Helga Baumgarten considers it as one of the most relevant in the volume «as a wealth of information, new materials from newly investigated archives, new and sometimes surprising and at the same time fascinating new analyses – and above all new questions», Jerusalem Quarterly)
- “The ‘New Nazis’ or the ‘People of our God’? Jews and Zionism in the Latin Church of Jerusalem, 1948–1962,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 68, 1 (2017), 81–107
- “Le Chiese e la Truth and Reconciliation Commission nel Sudafrica post-apartheid,” Contemporanea 17, 1 (2014), 151–64
For a full list of publications, click here.