Brian J Griffith

I write and teach courses on the political and cultural history of modern Europe, with a special emphasis on Fascist Italy, food history, and digital and public history. My current research focuses on the history of winemaking and identity construction in Mussolini's Italy (1922-1945), the history of transnational volunteerism during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-36) and Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and the history of neo-fascism in Cold War-era Italy. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D., 2020), I am currently serving as the 2020-2022 Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles.

What I Do

Research

My current research focuses on the intersections between Fascism, the circulation of commodities, and identity construction in interwar Italy and its various immigrant colonies.

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Teaching

I teach courses on Modern Italian, European, and World History, 20th and 21st century fascisms, the history of food, beverages, and consumerism, and Digital and Public History.

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Media

In addition to my research and teaching, I frequently write history-focused opinion and analysis articles and give interviews with media outlets, independent journalists, and podcasts.

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Curriculum Vitae

My Professional Profile

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2012–2020

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

Master of Arts (M.A.)
2009–2011

San Francisco State University

Department of History

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
2007–2009

Sonoma State University

Department of History

Employment

Postdoctoral Scholar
2020–2022

University of California, Los Angeles

Department of History

Adjunct Lecturer
2020

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

Teaching Assistant
2012–2020

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

Publications

Articles

"Bacchus among the Blackshirts: Wine Making, Consumerism and Identity in Fascist Italy, 1919-1937"

Contemporary European History 29:4 (November 2020): 394-415

* Winner of the 2021 SIHS Article Prize for Modern Italian History

"Blogging in the Classroom: Using a Blog as a Supplemental Resource"

Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association 50:4 (April 2012): 20-22

* Co-authored with Sarah A. Curtis and Jason Lahman

Book Chapters

"From Cocktail Mania to Coca-Colitis: Italian Beverage Fashions between the Black Decades and the Economic Miracle, 1920s-1970s"

In David Inglis and Hang Kei Ho, eds., Drinks in Vogue: Understanding the Interplay Between Fashions and Beverages (under contract with Routledge)

Reviews

Thomas and Eley, eds., Visualizing Fascism: The Twentieth-Century Rise of the Global Right (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020)

Journal of World History (forthcoming)

The History Harvest (University of Nebraska, Lincoln-based digital archive)

The Public Historian 41:3 (August 2019): 160-163

Naccarato, Nowak, and Eckert, eds., Representing Italy through Food (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017)

Food, Culture & Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 21:3 (April 2018): 419-420

Extramural Fellowships and Grants

2020–2022

Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Postdoctoral Scholar in European History Fellowship

Department of History
University of California, Los Angeles

2020–2021

Rome Prize Residential Fellowship in Modern Italian Studies

American Academy in Rome

* Honor declined

2018–2019

Fulbright Study/Research Grant

Institute of International Education
Sapienza Università di Roma

2015–2016

Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Council for European Studies
Columbia University

Intramural Fellowships and Grants

2014–2018

Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, Kenneth Mouré and Sara Norquay Graduate Study Fellowship, History Associates Fellowship

History Department
University of California, Santa Barbara

2014–2017

Graduate Humanities Research Fellowship, Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowship, Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies, Fellowship Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant

Graduate Division
University of California, Santa Barbara

Awards and Honors

2021

SIHS Article Prize for Modern Italian History

Society for Italian Historical Studies

* Winning Article: "Bacchus among the Blackshirts: Wine Making, Consumerism and Identity in Fascist Italy, 1919-1937," Contemporary European History 29:4 (November 2020): 394-415

2015

Dick Cook Memorial Award

History Department
University of California, Santa Barbara

2013–2014

Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Graduate Students Association
University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference and Workshop Presentations

January 2022

“Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy”

American Historical Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA

November 2021

"'Propaganda for Our Italy': Ruth Williams Ricci and Fascist Italy’s African Empire, 1935-1941"

"Gendering Fascism: Organisations, Bodies, Representations" Workshop
Heinrich Heine University | Düsseldorf, Germany

January 2018

“An All-Consuming Nationalism: Winemaking, Consumerism, and National Identity in Mussolini's Italy”

American Historical Association Annual Conference
Washington DC

October 2016

"'Mine Eyes Have Seen': An American Woman in Fascist Italy’s Empire"

"Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities, and Modern Italian Cultures" Conference
The British School at Rome | Rome, Italy

July 2016

"Fascist Italy's Agro-Political Spectacles: Displaying the Nation’s Grapes, Wines, and Regional Heritages at Popular Festivals, Markets, and Exhibitions"

International Federation for Public History Annual Conference
Universidad de los Andes | Bogotá, Colombia

June 2016

"'Native but Foreign': Winemaking and Colonization in Fascist Italy's Alpine and Adriatic Borderlands"

"Food, Drink, and the Articulation of Power and Agency in Modern Europe" Conference
University of St. Andrews | St. Andrews, Scotland

April 2016

"Mussolini’s Winescapes: Typical Wines, Heritage Tourism, and National Identity in Interwar Italy"

Council for European Studies' Annual International Conference of Europeanists
Philadelphia, PA

August 2015

"Bringing Bacchus to the People: Viticulture, Autarky, and Domestic Tourism in Fascist Italy"

International Committee of Historical Sciences Annual Congress
Jinan, China

Conference and Workshop Leadership

January 2022

"Italy in the World, the World in Italy: Modern Italian Culture in Transnational Perspective"

American Historical Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA

* Panel organizer

August 2021

"The Politics of Food and Occupation during the Second World War"

Virtual Workshop
UC Santa Barbara | Santa Barbara, CA

* Panel respondent

February 2016

"Italia senza frontiere (Borderless Italy)"

California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies Annual Conference
UC Santa Barbara | Santa Barbara, CA

* Conference co-organizer

March 2015

"Fascism in Italy and Abroad (Session 1)"

American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference
UC Boulder | Boulder, CO

* Panel respondent

Guest Lectures and Interviews

March 2022

"Uncorked History: Wine and Identity in Mussolini's Italy"

Uncorked History with Dr. Jamie L.H. Goodall and Kelly Therese Pollock

October 2021

"The New Fascism Syllabus: Exploring the New Right through Scholarship and Digital Engagement"

SUNY, Cortland | Cortland, NY

July 2021

"Wine Over Time: Fascist Italy"

Wine Over Time with Dr. Steven Marks and Julia Marks

May 2021

"Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy"

University of Gastronomic Sciences | Pollenzo, Italy

March 2021

"Fascisms Past and Present"

University of Toronto | Toronto, Canada

February 2021

"Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy"

Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY | New York City, NY

December 2020
November 2020

Wine, Politics, and Identity in Fascist Italy: A Lecture and Q&A with Dr. Brian J Griffith

Food Studies Consortium
UC Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA

March 2019

Wine, Politics, and Identity in Fascist Italy: A Lecture and Q&A with Dr. Brian J Griffith

The Umbra Institute | Perugia, Italy

February 2019

Enotria: On the Modernization of Winemaking in Interwar Italy

Azienda Agricola Trebotti Winery | Castiglione in Teverina, Italy

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Research

My Past, Current, or Future Research Projects
<em>Cultivating Fascism: Wine, Politics, and Identity in Mussolini’s Italy</em>

Cultivating Fascism: Wine, Politics, and Identity in Mussolini’s Italy

Monograph
“Bacchus among the Blackshirts: Wine Making, Consumerism and Identity in Fascist Italy, 1919-1937”

“Bacchus among the Blackshirts: Wine Making, Consumerism and Identity in Fascist Italy, 1919-1937”

Article
“‘He Who Drinks Wine Never Dies’: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Italian’ Taste and Style in Fascist Italy”

“‘He Who Drinks Wine Never Dies’: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Italian’ Taste and Style in Fascist Italy”

Article
<em>From Red Spain to Fascist Prison: The Memoirs of Italo Orciani, 1937-1946</em>

From Red Spain to Fascist Prison: The Memoirs of Italo Orciani, 1937-1946

Volume
<em>Where Monsters Are Born: Documenting a Fascist Revival in the Streets of Rome, 2018-2019</em>

Where Monsters Are Born: Documenting a Fascist Revival in the Streets of Rome, 2018-2019

Archive, Digital
<em>“</em>Sorella fascista<em>“: The Collected Writings of an American Fascist in Interwar Italy’s African Empire</em>

Sorella fascista“: The Collected Writings of an American Fascist in Interwar Italy’s African Empire

Digital, Volume

Teaching

Topics and Themes

European History

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Food History

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Digital History

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Public History

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Experience

UC Los Angeles

Spring 2022

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Survey Course

Fall 2021

"Eating and Drinking in the Time of Totalitarianism"

Undergraduate Historiography Proseminar

Spring 2021

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Survey Course

Winter 2021

"Eating and Drinking in the Time of Totalitarianism"

Undergraduate Historiography Proseminar

UC Santa Barbara

Spring 2020

"Food in World History"

Undergraduate Survey Course

Spring 2020

"Theories and Practices of Digital History"

Graduate Historiography Seminar

Summer 2018

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Survey Course

Summer 2015

Modern European Political and Cultural History, 1789–Present

Undergraduate Survey Course

Media

My Public-Oriented Writings, Presentations, and Interviews
Virtual Talk: “Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy”

Virtual Talk: “Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy”

Presentation

Contact Me

My Contact Information

brianjgriffith [at] ucla.edu

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