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Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars

Benedetta Bessi

Benedetta Bessi is a Classical archaeologist with parallel interests in the archaeology of the Mediterranean as well as in the history of the Classical tradition with emphasis on the rediscovery of Greek antiquities during the humanistic period. Bessi is currently a visiting postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Classics at Stanford and is working on “Mapping the Aegean: Cristoforo Buondelmonti's Liber insularum (15th c.) and the Origins of Classical Archaeology”, a project funded by a European Community Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship and hosted by the Department of the Humanities of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. One of the goals of the project is the creation of a digital edition of this fundamental text (facsimile, transcription, English translation) accompanied by a historical-archaeological commentary of the descriptions and maps of the Greek islands.

Valentina Dal Cin

Valentina Dal Cin is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and at CESTA. She earned her Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Verona in 2015 with her dissertation "Il mondo nuovo. The Venetian elite between Revolution and Restoration (1797-1815)", which was published in 2019. She is currently involved in the project NapsApps - Napoleonic Job Applications: from Personal Pleas to Modern Curriculum Vitae in Early 19th-Century Europe. It combines social, cultural, and administrative history to study the transition from pre-1789 job applications’ rhetoric, which conceived employment as grace, to modern rhetoric, based on knowledge and skills, by analyzing a massive corpus of Italian and French archival sources through a qualitative and quantitative approach.

Eric Harvey

Eric Harvey is CESTA’s Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow and an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 2020 with his dissertation “Sing to the Lord a New(-ish) Song: The Psalms of the Egyptian Hallel Across Two Thousand Years.” His research combines Book History, Material Philology, and Evolutionary Biology to reconceptualize Hebrew Psalms over the longue durée. He also researches disability in antiquity and advocates for accessibility in digital tools and resources. He keeps a personal site with blog and accessibility resources at www.blindscholar.com.

Aleksandra Zuzanna Leniarska

Aleksandra Zuzanna Leniarska is a Ph.D candidate at University of Warsaw, Faculty of Artes Liberales, and a Fulbright visiting researcher at Stanford University (Stanford Literary Lab). She specializes in North American literature and culture, and her academic interests include theory of literature, theory of novel, and Marxism. She completed her MA studies in American Studies Center at University of Warsaw with recognition of Polish Association for American Studies for one of the best theses in American Studies in 2016. She has background in English, French, and Spanish language and culture studies. She is a Humanity in Action Fellow having completed John Lewis Fellowship on racism and social injustice.