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

Visiting Lecturer
2020

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

Teaching Assistant
2012–2020

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

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

Publications

"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

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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 Upper-Division Course

Fall 2021

"Eating and Drinking in the Time of Totalitarianism"

Undergraduate Historiography Proseminar

Spring 2021

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Winter 2021

"Eating and Drinking in the Time of Totalitarianism"

Undergraduate Historiography Proseminar

UC Santa Barbara

Summer 2022

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Summer 2022

"Food in World History"

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Summer 2020

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Spring 2020

"Theories and Practices of Digital History"

PhD-Level Historiography Seminar

 

Spring 2020

"Food in World History"

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Summer 2018

"Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939"

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Summer 2015

Modern European Political and Cultural History, 1789–Present

Undergraduate Upper-Division Course

Media

My Public-Oriented Writings, Presentations, and Interviews
“Interwar Crisis” Book Talks

“Interwar Crisis” Book Talks

Book Talk
“The March on Washington”

“The March on Washington”

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

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

Presentation

Contact Me

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brianjgriffith [at] ucla.edu

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