Jessica R. Strom


Field: Modern Europe

Specialty: 19th and 20th century Italy

Dissertation Title: Financing Revolution: Adriano Lemmi and the Struggle for Italian Unification

Advisor: John A. Davis


Prior Degrees:

M.A., Italian Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

B.A., Italian Studies and American Studies, Wesleyan University, 2007


Current Research Interests:

While broadly interested is the nineteenth century European national revolutions and radical nationalist politics, my particular interest is in the Italian Risorgimento and the men and women who struggled to create a unified Italy. My current project explores the financial underpinnings of the radical revolutionary military expeditions of Italian nationalists like Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. By exploring the personal papers of merchant Adriano Lemmi, known by his contemporaries as the “financier of the revolution”, my project reconstructs the financial networks and organizations that provided the guns, ships, and ammunition that made radical revolutionary activity possible and the political newspapers that supported the nationalist cause.


Select Publications and Translations:

“Elements of the Divine in Futurist Art and Literature.” Carte Italiane, Ser. 2, Vol. 6 (2010): 49-68.

“An Ottoman Jew Volunteers for the Greek Army (1897)” and “Jewish Women Join the Fascist Movement in Salonica (1925).” In Cohen, Julia P. and Sarah A. Stein editors.  Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History 1700-1950.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014.


Fellowships and Prizes

Special Grant, Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture, 2017

Harry J. Marks Fellowship in European History, University of Connecticut, 2016

Center for Judaic Studies Summer Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2016

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2015

Department of History Summer Research Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2014 – 2016

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA, 2009 and 2010