In 2008, I earned my BA in History from Sonoma State University, which was followed by my MA in modern European cultural and intellectual history from San Francisco State University in 2011. In early 2020 I completed my PhD in the political and cultural history of Fascist Italy under the scholarly guidance of Dr. Claudio Fogu at University of California, Santa Barbara. I am currently serving as the inaugural Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles.
While I have a variety of innovative research projects planned for the coming years, including annotated sourcebooks, digital exhibitions, and interactive virtual history models, I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cultivating Fascism: Wine and Politics in Mussolini’s Italy which explores the way in which wine came to be viewed as a quintessentially ‘Italian’ beverage among Italy’s middle- and upper-class households during Fascism’s twenty years in power.
Between 2012 and 2018, I had the privilege of presenting my research at conferences, workshops, and other scholarly gatherings on four different 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, USA; the 2016 “Transnational Italies” conference at The British School in Rome, Italy; and the 2018 American Historical Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Some of the fellowships, awards, and honors I have received include a Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History fellowship (UC Los Angeles, 2020-2021), a Fulbright Research Grant (Fulbright US Student Program, 2018-2019), a Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Council for European Studies, 2015), and a Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award (UC Santa Barbara, 2014).