In 2008, I earned my BA in History from Sonoma State University, which was followed by my MA in modern European cultural and intellectual history from San Francisco State University in 2011. In early 2020 I completed my PhD in the political and cultural history of Fascist Italy under the scholarly guidance of Dr. Claudio Fogu at University of California, Santa Barbara. I am currently serving as the inaugural Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles.
I have a number of ongoing or planned research, editorial, and public engagement projects aimed at further developing my interests in Modern European History, transnationalism, and the Digital Humanities. Drawing upon these interests, for example, I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cultivating Fascism: Wine and Politics in Mussolini’s Italy which explores the way in which wine came to be viewed as a quintessentially ‘Italian’ beverage among Italy’s middle- and upper-class households during Fascism’s twenty years in power and a co-edited volume based on the unpublished and hereforeto completely unknown political memoir, cinematic screenplay, essay, and letters written by an Italian member of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War.
Between 2012 and the present, 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 annual conferences of the American Historical Association, the Council for European Studies, the International Committee of Historical Sciences, and the International Federation for Public History, among many others.
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, 2020-2022), a Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies (American Academy in Rome, 2020-2021, honor declined), 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).