Dr. Adele Valeria Messina


Adele Valeria Messina is a Junior Research Fellow at the Foundation for Religious Studies John XXIII (FSCIRE), Bologna, and a member of the pipeline Religion and politics Martyrology of People at Prayer from December 2021. Her research interests include antisemitism and racism, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, Judaism, religious pluralism, history of Holocaust sociology.

She holds a ReIReS TNA Fellowship (Horizon 2020) at KU Leuven for the research “Reading R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s ‘Confrontation’ within the Context of De Libertate Religiosa” (20 June-11 July 2021) and EHRI Fellowship at the Wiener Library in London for conducting the research “Internet-based Holocaust Denial: Analysis of the (Pseudo) Sceptical Methodology in Bradley R. Smith’s Revisionist Texts” (September-October 2018). 

Since 2020 she is a member of the editorial team of the Journal of Political Science and International Relations (SciencePG) and since 2021 a member of the Scientific Committee of the series Il tempo, la storia e la memoria, EUM, Macerata.

She teaches Contemporary History at the University of Calabria (2019-2020); History of Judaism in the Modern and Contemporary Ages (2021-2023), and Talmud (2022-2023) at the Department of Culture and Society, University of Palermo, Italy.

She works at the Research Project 2012-2013 MURST Ex 60%, “La storia culturale. Storia e semiotica per un approccio critico al passato”; Scientific Research Program of relevant national interest (COFIN MURST 2008-2010) entitled “Ridefinire la Nazione: diritti di cittadinanza e minoranze nelle crisi dello Stato (1914-1999)”; Research Project 2009 EX MURST 60% “La storiografia della Shoah”; Research Project 2007-2009 “Modernità e Olocausto e Resistenza” at ANPI, Casa della Memoria e della Storia in Rome. 

She receives her PhD in Politcs, Society and Culture in 2013 from the University of Calabria (Department of Political and Social Sciences) with a dissertation entitled “La distruzione degli ebrei e la sociologia dal 1933 a oggi”, published by Academic Studies Press (2017).


She obtains the international Master’s Diploma of the second level in Teaching the Holocaust at the University of Roma Tre with a dissertation entitled “La non modernità della Shoah” after her Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2006 at the University of Calabria.


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