Brian J Griffith

I am an Assistant Professor of Modern European History at California State University, Fresno. I write and teach courses on the political and cultural history of Italian Fascism, food and beverage history, the history of (trans)nationalism, and Digital and Public History. My current research focuses on the history of industrial-scale winemaking and national identity in Mussolini's Italy (1922-1945), the history of transnational volunteerism during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1936) and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and the history of neo-fascism in Italy (1950s-2010s).

What I Do

Research

My current research focuses on the intersections between Fascism, the circulation of commodities, and identity construction in interwar Italy and its immigrant colonies.

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Teaching

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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Media

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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Curriculum Vitae

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2012–2020

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

Master of Arts (M.A.)
2009–2011

San Francisco State University

Department of History

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
2007–2009

Sonoma State University

Department of History

Employment

Assistant Professor
2023–

California State University, Fresno

Department of History

Visiting Instructor
2022–2023

Scripps College

Department of History

Visiting Instructor
2022–2023

University of California, Los Angeles

Department of History

Postdoctoral Scholar
2020–2022

University of California, Los Angeles

Department of History

Lecturer
2020; 2022

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of History

Selected Publications

Chapters

"'Propaganda for Our Italy': Ruth Williams Ricci, Gendered Mobility, and Fascist Italy’s African Empire, 1935-1941"

In Andrea Germer and Jasmin Rückert, eds., Gendering Fascism: Organisations, Bodies, Representations (Leiden: Brill, 2024)

"(Inter)National Spirits: On the Cultural Politics of the 'Cocktail Craze' in Fascist Italy, 1920s-1930s"

In David Inglis and Hang Kei Ho, eds., Drinks in Vogue: Exploring the Changing Worlds of Fashions and Beverages (New York: Routledge, 2024)

Engagement

“Journey to Fascism”

Hoover Digest: Research + Commentary on Public Policy No. 4 (October 2022): 201-219

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Research

Wine and Identity in Interwar Italy

Wine and Identity in Interwar Italy

Article, Monograph
The Second Italo-Ethiopian War

The Second Italo-Ethiopian War

Archive, Article, Digital, Monograph, Volume
The Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War

Digital, Volume
Neo-Fascism in Postwar Italy

Neo-Fascism in Postwar Italy

Archive, Digital

Teaching

Topics and Themes

European History

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Food History

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Digital History

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Public History

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Media

Presentations & Interviews

Refuse Fascism: The Year Ahead and the New Fascism Syllabus

Refuse Fascism Podcast with Samantha Goldman

A podcast interview on my ongoing work alongside Dr. Jennifer Evans with the New Fascism Syllabus

Uncorked History: Wine and Identity in Mussolini's Italy”

Uncorked History Podcast with Dr. Jamie L.H. Goodall and Kelly Therese Pollock

A podcast interview on my ongoing research on winemaking and identity construction in interwar Italy.

"Wine, Beer, and the Politics of Identity in Fascist Italy"

UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies

A virtual talk on wine and beer marketing battles in Fascist Italy.

Opinions & Perspectives

"Failure to Respond to Putin’s Aggression Could Prove Catastrophic: How the League of Nations’ Weak Response to Italy’s Invasion of Ethiopia Helped Precipitate World War II"

The Washington Post

An OpEd on the comparisons between Benito Mussolini's conquest of Ethiopia (1935-1936) and Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine (2022-).

"The March on Washington"

UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy

An OpEd on the parallels between Trumpism and interwar European fascisms.

"How to Keep the Lights On in Democracies: An Open Letter of Concern by Scholars of Authoritarianism"

New Fascism Syllabus

A co-authored, open letter of concern by scholars of authoritarianism on the dangers of neo-authoritarianism to democracies in North America and beyond.

Community & Engagement

Book Talk by Dr. Bradley Hart

Fresno Public Library

A hosted book talk by Dr. Bradley Hart on his 2018 monograph Hitler's American Friends at the Fresno Public Library

"Interwar Crisis Book Talks"

University of California, Los Angeles

A series of book talks held in conjunction with my course "Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939" at University of California, Los Angeles during the Spring 2021 and Spring 2022 quarters.

"How the Politics of Prosecco Explain What Took the Fizz Out of the Democrats"

The Guardian

An OpEd by Mark Blyth on the politics of prosecco in Italy, which mentions my research on winemaking under Benito Mussolini's dictatorship.

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