I am a Ph.D. Candidate in modern European history at University of California, Santa Barbara. My interests include modern Europe, modern Italy, Fascism, consumerism, (trans)national identities, and the Digital Humanities.
In 2008, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History from Sonoma State University, followed by my Master of Arts in modern European cultural and intellectual history from San Francisco State University two years later. Currently, I am completing my Doctor of Philosophy in the cultural and political history of Fascist Italy under the scholarly guidance of Dr. Claudio Fogu at University of California, Santa Barbara. My dissertation—Bacchus’ Blackshirt: Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy—examines the multifarious roles played by winemaking and popular grape and wine consumption within the Italian dictatorship’s objective of “making Italians” during the interwar years.
Some of the awards, honors, and fellowships I have received include: “First Alternate” for the Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies (American Academy in Rome, 2017); “Alternate” for the Fulbright Research Grant (Fulbright US Student Program, 2017; 2018); a Graduate Humanities Research Fellowship (University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016); a Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Council for European Studies, 2015); two Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowships for Dissertation Research (UCSB, 2014; 2015); a Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award (UCSB, 2014); and a Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award (San Francisco State University, 2012).
In addition to serving as the Managing Editor for the Open Access journal Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict (ISSN: 2385-1171), I am one of two graduate researchers for the crowd-sourced New Fascism Syllabus and the webmaster for the Society for Italian Historical Studies.