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


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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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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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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