Presentations

Between 2012 and 2018, I had the privilege of presenting my research at some of the leading academic conferences, workshops, and other scholarly gatherings on four different continents, including the American Historical Association’s Annual Conference, the Council for European Studies’ Annual Conference, the International Committee of Historical Sciences’ Annual Congress, and the International Federation for Public History’s Annual Conference.

The following is a list of my conference and workshop presentations, as well as my invited lectures.

 

Conference & Workshop Presentations

January 2022 “Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy”
Panel Title: “New Histories of Capitalism in Mussolini’s Italy: A Panel in Honor of Victoria de Grazia” (Society for Italian Historical Studies Session)
American Historical Association Annual Conference
  |  New Orleans, LA
September 2021 “The March on Washington: On the Historical Parallels between Italian Fascism and Donald J. Trump’s MAGA Movement”
Panel Title: “Normalizing Fascism in the Face of Pluralism: Contemporary and Historical Approaches
American Political Science Association Annual Conference  |  Seattle, WA
January 2018 “An All-Consuming Nationalism: Winemaking, Consumerism, and National Identity in Mussolini’s Italy”
Panel Title: “Politics, Culture, and Identity in 20th-Century Italy” (Society for Italian Historical Studies Session 2)
American Historical Association Annual Conference
  |  Washington, D.C.
April 2017 “The Making of a National Beverage: Winemaking, Temperance, and Identity Construction in Fascist Italy”
* Keynote Presentation
History Graduate Students Association Annual Conference  |  San Francisco State University  |  San Francisco, CA
October 2016 “‘Propaganda for Our Italy’: Ruth Williams Ricci and Fascist Italy’s African Empire, 1935-1941”
Panel Title: “Transatlantic Exchanges, Colonial Imaginaries”
Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities, and Modern Italian Cultures
  |  The British School at Rome  |  Rome, Italy
July 2016 “Fascist Italy’s Agro-Political Spectacles: Displaying the Nation’s Grapes, Wines, and Regional Heritages at Popular Festivals, Markets, and Exhibitions”
Panel Title: “Nationalism and Power in the History of Heritage Tourism”
International Federation for Public History Annual Conference  |  Universidad de los Andes  |  Bogotá, Colombia
June 2016 “‘Native but Foreign’: Winemaking and Colonization in Fascist Italy’s Alpine and Adriatic Borderlands”
Workshop Title: “Food, Drink, and the Articulation of Power and Agency in Modern Europe”
University of St Andrews
  |  St Andrews, Scotland
April 2016 “Mussolini’s Winescapes: Typical Wines, Heritage Tourism, and National Identity in Interwar Italy”
Panel Title: “The Changing Faces of National Identity”
Council for European Studies’ Annual International Conference of Europeanists  |  Philadelphia, PA
August 2015 “Bringing Bacchus to the People: Viticulture, Autarky, and Domestic Tourism in Fascist Italy”
Panel Title: “The Uses of History in Tourism”
International Committee of Historical Sciences Annual Congress  |  Jinan, China
March 2015 “From New York City to Addis Ababa: Ruth Williams Ricci in Italian East and North Africa, 1935-1941”
Panel Title: “Fascism in Italy and Abroad” (Session 2)
American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference
  |  University of Colorado, Boulder  |  Boulder, CO
April 2014 “Grapes of Wrath: Viticulture, Autarky, and Political Spectacle in Mussolini’s Italy”
Graduate Division’s “Graduate Student Showcase”
University of California, Santa Barbara  |  Santa Barbara, CA
March 2013 Una fascista americana: Ruth Williams Ricci and Transnational Italian Fascism”
Panel Title: “Transnational Mobilities”
California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies Annual Conference  |  University of California, Berkeley  |  Berkeley, CA
April 2011 Conference Introduction
Conference Title: “Collective Memory: The Voices of Remembering and the Silences of Forgetting”
History Graduate Students Association Annual Conference  |  San Francisco State University  |  San Francisco, CA

 

Conference and Panel Organization

January 2022 Panel Organizer
Panel Title: “Italy in the World, the World in Italy: Modern Italian Culture in Transnational Perspective”
American Historical Association Annual Conference  |  New Orleans, LA
February 2016 Assistant Coordinator
Conference Title: “Italia senza frontiere (Borderless Italy)”
California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies Annual Conference  |  University of California, Santa Barbara  |  Santa Barbara, CA
March 2015 Panel Chair
Panel Title: “Fascism in Italy and Abroad” (Session 1)
American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference  |  University of Colorado, Boulder  |  Boulder, CO
April 2011 Co-Founder and Co-Organizer
Conference Title: “Collective Memory: The Voices of Remembering and the Silences of Forgetting”
History Graduate Students Association Annual Conference  |  San Francisco State University  |  San Francisco, CA

 

Invited Lectures

April 2021 “Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy”
University of Gastronomic Sciences  |  Pollenzo, Italy
March 2021 “Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy”
Food in World History: The Politics of Eating and Drinking  |  University of Alabama, Huntsville  |  Huntsville, Alabama
February 2021 “Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy”
Italian Food for Thought: Gastronomy in Italian Literature and Culture  |  Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY  |  New York, NY
November 2020 “Wine, Politics, and Identity in Fascist Italy: A Lecture and Q&A with Dr. Brian J Griffith”
Food Studies Consortium  |  University of California, Los Angeles  |  Los Angeles, CA
February 2020 “Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy”
Modern Italy, 1789 to the Present  |  Occidental College  |  Los Angeles, CA
March 2019 “Black Grapes, Blackshirts: Towards a National “Wine Consciousness” in Mussolini’s Italy”
Course: History/Italian Studies 349: The History and Culture of Food in Italy
Course Professor: Olivier de Maret
Food & Sustainability Studies Program  |  The Umbra Institute  |  Perugia, Italy
Summer 2018 “The Interwar Crisis: A Global Perspective”
World History (1700 CE to Present)  |  University of California, Santa Barbara  |  Santa Barbara, CA
Winter 2016 “The Third Rome: Italian Fascism, 1917-1945”
History 133B: The Fascination of Fascism  |  University of California, Santa Barbara  |  Santa Barbara, CA
Fall 2013 “Fascism and Nazism: A Comparative Analysis”
Western Civilization (1715 CE to Present)  |  University of California, Santa Barbara  |  Santa Barbara, CA

 

Public-Facing Presentations

December 2020 Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign’ Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy
Center for European and Russian Studies
  |  University of California, Los Angeles  |  Los Angeles, CA
February 2019 Enotria: On the Modernization of Winemaking in Interwar Italy”
* A presentation on the history of Italian winemaking during the interwar years at Trebotti Winery near Viterbo, Italy
Azienda Agricola Trebotti
  |  Castiglione in Teverina, Italy