She studied economy at the University of Warsaw under Witold Kula, was the member of the “Komandosi” group, and emigrated from Poland in 1969. She completed her studies in economic history at the University of Bologna. She taught at Universita della Calabria, Harvard University, Princeton University and City University of New York. Her areas of professional interest include economic and social history of Southern Italy and comparative history of European peripheries (Ireland, Norway, Polish lands and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies). Author of books including Latifondo. Economia morale e vita materiale in una periferia dell’Ottocento (1989; English edition: Latifundium: Moral Economy and Material Life in a 19th-Century Periphery, 1996), for which she received Premio Sila; Un sogno irlandese: la storia di Constance Markiewicz comandante dell’IRA (1868−1927) (1998); Come il Meridione divenne una Questione (1998). She also published Society against the state. Peasant banditism in southern Italy (2019, in Polish).