Future Research


Black Coffee, Blackshirts: A Cultural History of Coffee in Modern Italy (tentative title)

Project description coming soon.




Digital and Public History Projects

Sorella fascista: The Collected Papers of Ruth Williams Ricci

Ruth Williams Ricci – a Fascist sympathizer from New York City who served both as a volunteer nurse in the Italian Red Cross and, later, as a freelance journalist during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War – toured throughout East and North Africa, participated in or witnessed many of Fascist Italy’s military and colonial campaigns, and had personal contacts among the regime’s highest generals and officials.

Once completed, this “digital volume” will feature the (un)published book chapters, essays, speeches, and letters that Ricci composed between 1935 and 1941 in defense of both Fascism and Italian colonialism for a largely American readership. Additionally, the volume will feature a range of other relevant primary sources, such as transcripts of Ricci’s recently discovered FBI files and documents from Fascist Italy’s Ministry of Popular Culture pertaining to Ricci’s pro-Italian propaganda campaigns in Italy and the United States. Finally, the volume will include a variety of digital tools and resources, such as interactive maps of Ricci’s travels, a comprehensive timeline, and a photo gallery, each of which will serve as “portals” into the collection of Ricci’s writings. Following contemporary trends in Digital History, the volume’s resources will be hyperlinked together as a “web” of connectivity and interactivity, allowing the reader to move seamlessly, and in a non-linear manner, between interactive companion resources, primary source documents, and secondary (or editorial) vignettes.


The Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution: A Virtual History

Project description coming soon.