Brian J Griffith

I write and teach courses on the political and cultural history of modern Europe, with a special emphasis on the 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 between the 1950s and the 2010s. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D., 2020), I served as the inaugural Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Postdoctoral Scholar in Europe History at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) between 2020 and 2022, and am currently serving as a Visiting Instructor in Modern European History at UCLA and Scripps College.

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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