Massimo Di Gioacchino
Prof. Massimo Di Gioacchino teaches American and European history courses at Mercy College. A scholar of the late modern transatlantic world, his research focuses on the migration of peoples and ideas between Europe and the United States in the late modern period (1776-1945). In recent years, through publications and public talks, his work has been cited both in Europe and the US. His first monograph, titled, "The Ruin of the Souls". Italian Immigrants and The Italian Religious Question in the United States (1876-1921) is expected in spring 2022.
2018. Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), Modern History, co-direction with
the University of Notre Dame. Final grade: 70/70 Summa cum laude. Dissertation: “The
“Italian Religious Question” in the United States. Religious Canon and Ecclesial Practices in
the Italian Catholic Communities in the Northeast United States (1876- 1921)”. Supervisors:
Prof. Daniele Menozzi; International supervisor: Prof. Kathleen Sprows Cummings
(University of Notre Dame); Co-supervisor: Prof. Matteo Sanfilippo (University of Tuscia).
2015. Visiting Graduate Student, New York University, «SNS-NYU International
Visiting Program». Supervisor: Prof. Ruth Ben Ghiat (NYU).
2012. M.A., Historical-Religious Studies, Sapienza University of Rome. Final grade:
110/110 Summa cum laude. Dissertation: "The Italian Mission of the Methodist Episcopal
Church (1908-1916)". Published in: «Protestantesimo», 67 (2012), pp. 335-348. Supervisor:
Prof. Paolo Naso. Co-supervisor: Prof. Gaetano Lettieri.
2010. B.A., Historical-Religious Studies, La Sapienza University of Rome. Final grade:
110/110. Dissertation: "Religious pluralism and Catholic teaching in Italian public schools:
situation, perspectives, experiments". Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Naso.
Di Gioacchino's research focuses on four main areas:
(1) Migration of peoples and ideas between Europe and the United States in the late modern era, in particular the history of Italian immigration to the United States; (2) Transatlantic religious history (1776-1945), especially history of religious minorities in the United States; (3) Popular practices and religious canon in the history of modern Christianity; (4) The history of Catholic social thought before World War II, with a focus on the rise of the welfare state.
His first monograph, titled "The Ruin of Souls". Italian Immigrants and The Italian Religious Question in the United States (1876-1921) is expected in spring 2022.
- "The Ruin of Souls". Italian Immigrants and The Italian Religious Question in the United States (1876-1921),
manuscript submitted to Fordham University Press and under consideration, expected in Spring 2022
PAPERS IN EDITED VOLUMES, PEER-REVIEW JOURNAL ARTICLES, ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES, AND
- “ ‘Young men with high hopes’. The Holy See and the careers of the alumni of the North American
College of Rome”, U.S. Catholic Historian, manuscript submitted and under review.
- “Ecclesiastical participation of the Catholic laity in the late modern period: the case of Italian
immigrants in the United States”, The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 106, 4 (Autumn 2020), pp. 75-105.
- “The «Italian Religious Question» in the United States. Religious Canon and Ecclesial Practices in the
Italian Catholic Communities in the Northeast United States (1876-1921)” Ph.D. diss., Scuola Normale
Superiore (co-dir. University of Notre Dame), 2018.
- Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 90, s.v. “Satolli, Francesco (in religione Francesco di Paola”,
Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2017: 713-714.
- “Il protestantesimo italiano negli Stati Uniti: fonti per una storia ancora da scrivere (1876-1921).”
In Protestantesimo e sfide della contemporaneità, edited by Andrea Annese, 40-57. Rome: Studi e Materiali di
Storia delle Religioni, 2016.
- “Religione e società nelle Little Italies statunitensi (1876-1915). Una rassegna tra studi e fonti.”
Archivio Storico dell’Emigrazione Italiana 11 (2015): 95-108.
- “L’impegno missionario dei fratelli Taglialatela negli USA (1890-1916).” Altreitalie. Rivista
internazionale di studi sulle migrazioni italiane nel mondo 49 (2014): 83-90.
- “Evangelizzare gli italiani, salvare l'America. La Italian Mission della Methodist Episcopal Church
degli Usa (1908-1916).” Protestantesimo, 67 (2012): 335-348.
Courses taught at Mercy College:
HIST-102: European History Since 1500
HIST-105: American History Through 1877
HIST-106: American History Since1877
HIST-295: Modern Italy
RELG-109: Introduction to World Religions
«Scuola Normale Superiore Scholarship», Scuola Normale Superiore, (2016)
«Ermenegildo Zegna Founder's Scholarship», Ermenegildo Zegna Foundation, (Link:
«Rome Seminar Scholarship», Cushwa Center of the University of Notre Dame (2014)
«SNS-NYU International Visiting Program», Scuola Normale Superiore, New York University, (2014)
«Scuola Normale Superiore Ph.D. Scholarship», Scuola Normale Superiore (2013)
- Adjunct Instructor, Modern Foreign Languages