Academic Biography

I am the inaugural Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles. My interests include modern Europe, modern Italy, Fascism, consumerism, (trans)national identities, and the digital humanities.

In 2008, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History from Sonoma State University, which was followed by my Master of Arts in modern European cultural and intellectual history from San Francisco State University in 2011. In early 2020 I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in the political and cultural history of Fascist Italy under the scholarly guidance of Dr. Claudio Fogu at University of California, Santa Barbara.

While I have a variety of innovative research projects planned for the coming years, including annotated sourcebooks, digital exhibitions, and interactive virtual history models, I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cultivating Fascism: Wine and Politics in Mussolini’s Italy which explores the way in which vino came to be viewed as a quintessentially ‘Italian’ beverage among Italy’s middle- and upper-class households during Fascism’s twenty years in power.

Between 2012 and 2018, I had the privilege of presenting my research at conferences, workshops, and other scholarly gatherings on four different continents, including the 2015 International Committee of Historical Sciences’ Annual Congress in Jinan, China; the 2016 Council for European Studies’ Annual International Conference of Europeanists in Philadelphia, USA; the 2016 “Transnational Italies” conference at The British School at Rome in Rome, Italy; the 2018 American Historical Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C, and, most recently, at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy.

Some of the fellowships, awards, and honors I have received include a Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History fellowship (UC Los Angeles, 2020-2021), a Fulbright Research Grant (Fulbright US Student Program, 2018-2019), a Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Council for European Studies, 2015), and a Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award (UC Santa Barbara, 2014).

In addition to serving as the Managing Editor for the Open Access journal Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict (ISSN: 2385-1171), I am the Website Coordinator for the Society for Italian Historical Studies and an ongoing contributor to the New Fascism Syllabus.