I am a British Academy Newton International Fellow at Durham University, where I am researching a project entitled Making Fun of the Fascists: Humor Against the Leader Cult in Italy, France, and Germany, 1922–1945. I started working on this project at University College Dublin, where I was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow. This book project is a study of how humor was used as an instrument of political resistance against dictators in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Vichy France. As a historian of modern Italy, France, and Germany, I explore the history of totalitarianism from below, examining the everyday experience of terror under authoritarian regimes.
I was previously a visiting lecturer at the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. I earned my doctorate in History from Cornell (2021), winning the Messenger-Chalmers Prize for the Best Dissertation on Human Progress & the Evolution of Civilization and publishing in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, S:I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation, and The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945. I have two Masters of Arts in Contemporary History from the Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne University (2012 and 2013), an additional diploma from the excellence program of the École normale supérieure in Paris (2015), and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Padua, Italy (2011).
I have taught courses in history and academic writing on a broad range of topics, including the history of modern Europe, American capitalism, wartime humor, and antiracism. I have also taught Italian as a foreign language. I greatly enjoy helping students craft compelling arguments, engage with momentous historical events and issues, and tell their own meaningful stories. I am strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive teaching environment. At Cornell, I was deeply invested in community engagement, volunteering with underprivileged children and non-English speakers in the Ithaca, NY area. Additionally, I am committed to racial justice issues and antiracist pedagogy. My most recent course—“The Antiracist Workshop: Race and Writing in America and Europe”—explored antiracist theory and practice across a range of historical periods and contexts on both sides of the Atlantic, culminating in a final public history project on the role of the Underground Railroad in Ithaca. To explore this project’s website, click here. To learn more about my courses, click on the Teaching tab.
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