Academic Biography

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 dissertationBacchus’ Blackshirt: Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italyexamines 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.

Between 2012 and 2018, I had the privilege of presenting my research at conferences, workshops, and other scholarly gatherings on four continents, including the 2015 International Committee of Historical Sciences’ Annual Congress in Jinan, China, the 2016 Council for European Studies’ Annual International Conference of Europeanists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 2016 International Federation for Public History’s Annual Conference in Bogotá, Colombia, the 2016 “Transnational Italies” conference at The British School at Rome in Rome, Italy, and, lastly, the 2018 American Historical Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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).