Jennifer De La Guardia
Jennifer Haasis De La Guardia is a doctoral candidate in the Study of Religion at Harvard University, where her research focuses on interactions between Christians and Jews and the Catholic theological understanding of Jews in medieval and early modern Europe. She is interested in Christian programs of conversion, particularly, the strategies employed to induce conversion, the spiritual and social status of converts, and the role of the compulsory sermon in these programs. Her dissertation examines the Catholic understanding of conversion in the latter half of the 16th century through an analysis of several sermons which Jews were compelled to attend. While at I Tatti, she plans to read scholarship on rhetoric, sermons, and conversion.