Silvia Berti teaches Early Modern History at the Department of Philosophy, La Sapienza, University in Rome. She completed her scholarly formation thanks to a number of fellowships awarded by the following research centres: the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies of Princeton University (1993-1994), the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington (1996), the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia (1999-2000), the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the NIAS (both in 2006-2007) in Wassenaar. She has lectured at most of these institutions, as well as the Collège de France and the Sorbonne in Paris, Berkeley University, the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Forschungszentrum Gotha of the University of Erfurt.
Her interests focus on three main topics: the origins of the Enlightenment (with special attention to the relations between heterodoxy and free-thought, Spinozism and the Huguenot tradition, different forms of religious dissent and the rise of anti-christian attitudes, to different theories of religious imposture, and to the clandestine literature of the “Radical Enlightenment”); the links between Jewish and Christian cultures in the Early Modern period; the history of historiography. She has published extensively in various journals, the “Rivista storica italiana”, the “Giornale critico della filosofia italiana”, “Belfagor”, “La Cultura”, the “Journal of the History of Ideas”, the “Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century”, and in several collections of essays published by Oxford University Press, Suhrkamp, Brill, Kluwer, Presses Universitaires de France. She was on the scientific board of the Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, in four volumes, published by Oxford University Press in 2002. Since 2004 she is on the editorial board of the journal “Hebraic Political Studies”.