Brian J Griffith
I write and teach courses on the political and cultural history of modern Europe, with a special emphasis on Fascist Italy, food history, and digital and public history. My current research focuses on the history of winemaking and identity construction in Mussolini's Italy (1922-1945), the history of transnational volunteerism during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-36) and Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and the history of neo-fascism in Cold War-era Italy. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D., 2020), I am currently serving as the 2020-2022 Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles.
What I Do
My current research focuses on the intersections between Fascism, the circulation of commodities, and identity construction in interwar Italy and its various immigrant colonies.
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.
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.