Cristiana Facchini is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna where she teaches the history of Christianity and religious studies; she is also a Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. She studied in Bologna, with specialized studies also in Oxford and Jerusalem. She earned her PhD in Jewish Studies at the University of Turin. She has been awarded many fellowships and grants, pursuing her research in Paris, Budapest, New York and Berlin. She has written extensively on history and theories of religions, with regard to Christianity and Judaism in particular.