Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University, 2009 to present.
Assistant Professor of History, Brigham Young University, 2001-2009.
Adjunct Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College, 2013 to present.
Ph.D. in History, Yale University, May 2002.
Dissertation: Defining “Greater Italy”: Migration and Colonialism in Africa and the Americas, 1880-1915.
Committee: Frank Snowden (Chair), Paul Kennedy, Robert Harms, Paolo Valesio.
Awarded the Hans Gatzke Prize in European History by Yale University, 2002.
M.Phil. in History, Yale University, December 1998.
Orals fields: Italy since 1789 (with Frank Snowden)
International History of World Powers, 1890-1945 (with Paul Kennedy)
European Thought and Culture from the Enlightenment to Modernism (with Frank Turner)
M.A. in History, Yale University, December 1996.
B.A., magna cum laude with Distinction in the History Major, Yale University, May 1995.
Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad. Harvard University Press, June 2008.
Awarded the Council for European Studies Book Award, 2009-2010, a biennial prize “for the best first
book on any subject in European studies,” Council for European Studies at Columbia University
Awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize, 2009, for “the most distinguished work dealing with Italian history
or Italo-American history or relations,” American Catholic History Association
Selected as an Editor’s Pick by the Foreign Policy Association.
Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement (London); Annales. Histoire, Sciences sociales (Paris); H-Sozu-
Kult/H-Net (Berlin); American Historical Review (Washington D.C.); Times Higher Education (London);
Books and Culture (Chicago); Mediterranea. Ricerche storiche (Palermo); Altreitalie (Torino); History of
Economic Ideas (Pisa and Rome); Ethnic and Racial Studies (London); Journal of Modern History
(Chicago); Journal of American Ethnic History (Illinois); Modern Italy (London); Italica (Toronto); Italian
Americana (New York); Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (Nova Scotia and
London); among others.
Translation into Italian, Nazione d’emigranti. Come gli italiani all’estero hanno fatto l’Italia, in contract
Refereed Journal Articles
“Italy at Home and Abroad after 150 Years: The Legacy of Emigration and the Future of Italianità.” Italian Culture
30, n.1, Special Issue on the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy (May 2012): 51-67.
“Tunisia, Contested: Italian Nationalism, French Imperial Rule, and Migration in the Mediterranean Basin.”
California Italian Studies 1, n. 1, “Italy in the Mediterranean” (February 2010): 1-20.
“Sending States’ Transnational Interventions in Politics, Culture, and Economics: The Historical Example of
Italy.” International Migration Review 41, n. 3 (Fall 2007): 728-768.
“Identity Politics and Political Perception in the European Settlement of Tunisia: The French Colony vs. the
Italian Colony.” French Colonial History 8 (2007): 97-109.
“From Territorial to Ethnographic Colonies and Back Again: The Politics of Italian Expansion, 1890-1912.”
Modern Italy: Journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy 8, n. 1 (Spring 2003): 65-75.
“The Migrant Family as a Basis for Political Expansionism: Italian Colonies in the Americas, 1900-1913.” The
BYU Family Historian 1 (Fall 2002): 9-14. www.lib.byu.edu/dlib/spc/famhistorian/
“D’Annunzio’s Political Dramas and his Idea-State of Fiume.” Forum Italicum: A Journal of Italian Studies 31, n.
2 (December 1997): 367-388.
Refereed Book Chapters
“New Dynamics and New Imperial Powers, 1876-1905,” in The Routledge History of Western Empires, edited by
Robert Aldrich and Kirsten McKenzie (Oxford/New York: Routledge, 2014).
“The Frontier Thesis in Transnational Migration: The U.S. West in the Making of Italy Abroad,” in Immigration to
the Far West, edited by Brian Cannon (University of Utah Press, forthcoming, 2014).
“National Communications for a Transnational Community: Italy’s promotion of italianità among emigrants, 1870-
1920,” in Transnational Political Spaces: Agents - Structures - Encounters, edited by Mathias Albert,
Gesa Bluhm, Jan Helmig, Andreas Leutzsch, and Jochen Walter (Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag,
“Salvatore Quasimodo” and “Eugenio Montale.” Articles in Europe since 1945: An Encyclopedia, edited by
Bernard A. Cook. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 2001.
Member, Editorial Board for the Italian American Archive
Board Members: Donna Gabaccia, Fraser Ottanelli. Peter Carravetta, Editor-in-Chief.
Review of Simone Cinotto, Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California, in American
Historical Review (2014).
Review of Shirley Ann Smith, Imperial Designs: Italians in China, 1900-1947, in Altreitalie: International Journal
of Studies on Italian Migrations in the World (2014).
Review of Nancy C. Carnevale, A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-
1945, in The Journal of World History 22, n. 1 (March 2011): 199-202.
Review of Alfonso Scirocco, Garibaldi: Citizen of the World, in The Historian 72, 2 (Summer 2010): 487-488;
review excerpted in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 33, 3 (Summer 2010): 596.
Review of Luca Einaudi, Le politiche dell’immigrazione in Italia dall’Unità a oggi, in Journal of Modern Italian
Studies 13, n. 2 (Summer 2008): 272-274.
Review of Carla Ghezzi, Colonie, Coloniali. Storie di donne, uomini e istituti fra Italia e Africa, in The
International Journal of African Historical Studies 38, n. 1 (Spring 2005): 137-138.
Review of Piero Bevilacqua, Andreina De Clementi, and Emilio Franzina, eds. Storia dell'emigrazione italiana, 2
vols., in Modern Italy: Journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy 9, n. 2 (November 2004):
Review of Patrizia Palumbo, ed., A Place in the Sun: Africa in Italian Colonial Culture from Post-unification to the
Present, in The International Journal of African Historical Studies 37, n. 2 (Spring 2004): 367-368.
Review of Hasia R. Diner, Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration, in
International Migration Review 37, n. 2 (Summer 2003): 504-505.
Review of Mauro Canali, Il delitto Matteotti. Affarismo e politica nel primo governo Mussolini, in Journal of
Modern Italian Studies 5, n. 1 (Spring 2000): 126-128.
Reviews of Walter Laqueur, Fascism: Past, Present, Future and Stanley G. Payne, A History of Fascism
1914-1945, in Modern Italy: Journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy 2, n. 1-2 (Autumn
Review of Alessandro Brogi's "Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce and 'Psychological Warfare' in Italy" in Cold War
History 12, 2 (May 2012), H-Diplo Article Review No. 374, 15 November 2012.
Review of Julia F. Irwin, “Nation Building and Rebuilding: The American Red Cross in Italy During the Great
War,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 8, 3 (July 2009), H-Diplo Article Review No. 249,
27 October 2009.
Academic Prizes and Honors for Scholarship
Council for European Studies Book Award, 2009-2010, for Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad
Howard R. Marraro Prize, 2009, American Catholic History Association/American Historical Association/Society
for Italian Historical Studies, for Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad
Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of London, 2008.
Fellow, Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea, 2009.
Hans Gatzke Prize, 2002. Awarded by Yale University for the outstanding dissertation in European history.
Andrew Hill Clark Prize, 2002. Awarded by the American Academy of Geographers, Historical Geography
Specialty Group, for best conference paper written at the doctoral level.
Grants and Fellowships
National Italian American Foundation Grant, book subvention, 2007.
Brigham Young University Center for the Study of Europe Travel Grant, with U.S. Department of Education Title
VI funding, 2005.
Brigham Young University College of Social Sciences Faculty Grants, 2001, 2007.
Fulbright Fellow, Rome, Italy, 1998-1999.
Pew Charitable Trusts/The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale Fellowship, 2000.
Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Fellowships, 1997, 1998, 1999.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Yale Center for International and Area Studies Fellowship, 1997.
Yale University Fellowships, 1995-2001.
Resident Fellow of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University, 1995.
Brigham Young University Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award for meritorious teaching, 2010-2011
General Education Teaching and Learning Grants, 2004, 2005, and 2008
Writing Across the Curriculum Grant, 2006
Office of Research and Creative Activities Mentoring Grants, 2003 and 2007
Brigham Young University Faculty Center Course Development Grant, 2002
“Italy’s Emigrant Colonialism, at the apex of mass migration and imperialism.” Symposium, “Diaspora &
Imperialism,” University of Kassel, Germany, September 2014.
“Favored Races: Transnational Science and Racism, 1880-1945.” Symposium, “New Trends in Immigration
History: European and American Perspectives,” organized by the UCLA Program on International
Migration, Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and Centre de Recherches Historiques,
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. University of California - Los Angeles, April 2013.
“Emigration as ‘economic development,’ immigration as ‘foreign aid’: Representations of transnational
citizenship, remittances, and trade.” The Language of Difference: Mechanisms of Inclusion and
Exclusion of Migrants 1945-2005, Leiden University, Netherlands, January 2010.
“Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad,” Alfonse M. D’Amato Lecture, hosted by the Center for Italian
Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook, April 2009.
“Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad,” Lauro De Bosis Colloquium in Italian Studies, hosted by the
Harvard University Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
“Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad,” Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar in Italian American Studies, hosted
by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, City University of New York, February 2009.
“Heirs of Columbus: Italian Emigrants and the Making of Italy Abroad,” hosted by the Italian Center of the West,
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2008.
“The Berlin Airlift and the Projection of American Military Power,” Brigham Young University Library House of
Learning Lectures, Provo, Utah, November 2007.
Guest Speaker at the University of Utah’s American Center of the West International Westerns Film Festival,
presenting Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una volta il West), Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2007.
Public Lecture, “Italy and Italians Abroad: Cultivating italianità in emigrant colonies, 1880-1915,” at the Italian
Center of the West, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2004.
“The Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Italy, 1530-1576.” Yale Legal History Forum, New Haven,
Connecticut, October 1996.
Refereed Paper Presentations
“Italy vs. the ‘Mad Mullah’: Negotiating costs, violence, and international reputation in the wars against
Mohammed Abdullah Hassan of Somalia.” 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association,
New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2013.
“Why We Need a New History of Italian Americans: A Roundtable.” E Pluribus: What Is Italian America?, the
45th Annual Conference of the Italian American Studies Association, Hofstra University, Hempstead,
New York, November 2012.
Keynote address, “The Making of Italy in the U.S. West: Migration, Remittances, and Transnational
Development.” Conference on Immigration to the U.S. West, Charles Redd Center for U.S. Western
Studies, Provo, Utah, August 2011.
“‘The Destiny of the Race’: Legacies from Fascism in Italy’s Population and Migration Policies.” Society for
Italian Historical Studies Panel, at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association,
New York City, January 2009.
“Biological Theory, Pseudo-Science, and Migration: Darwinist Politics and Ethnic Population Policies, 1871-
1924." 33rd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Miami, Florida, October 2008.
“Mapping Italians Abroad: Documenting emigration as the spread of language, culture, and influence.” 22nd
International Conference on the History of Cartography, Bern, Switzerland, July 2007.
“Uniting Italians Abroad: Transnational promotion of italianità among emigrants, 1870-1920.” The
Communicative Construction of Transnational Political Spaces and Times: An Interdisciplinary
Conference, Schule für Historische Forschung, Universität Bielefeld, Germany, April 2007.
“Politics and Perception in the European Settlement of Tunisia: The French Colony vs. the Italian Colony.”
Cultures et colonization en Afrique française/Cultures and Colonization in French Africa, 32d Annual
Conference of the French Colonial Historical Society, Dakar, Senegal, May 2006.
“Myths of ‘Greater Italy’: Emigration, colonialism, and the invention of a transnational nationalism.” Nation and
Empire, 15th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, London
School of Economics, London, England, April 2005.
“‘Are not these our brothers?’: Mass Migration, Irredentism, and the Cultural Politics of Italians Abroad.” Society
for Italian Historical Studies Meeting, at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Historical
Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 2003.
“‘For Religion and the Fatherland’: Support from Italy and Germany for Expatriate Separatism in the United
States, 1880-1915.” 116th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco,
California, January 2002. Published in Proceedings of the American Historical Association, 2002 (Ann
Arbor: Bell and Howell, 2002).
“Demographic colonialism and ‘Greater Italy’: Italian expatriate colonies in Africa and the Americas, 1887-1911.”
Conference on Italian Colonialism and Post-Colonial Legacies, Association for the Study of Modern Italy,
London, England, December 2001.
“The Migrant Family as a Basis for Political Expansionism: Italian Colonies in the Americas, 1900-1913.”
“Families Crossing Frontiers” Conference, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, October 2001.
“Conceptualizing the Geography of a ‘Greater Italy’: Emigration as Colonial Expansion, 1880-1915.” Eleventh
International Conference of Historical Geographers, Quebec City, Canada, August 2001.
Awarded the Andrew Hill Clark Prize, 2002, by the American Academy of Geographers, Historical Geography
“Roman Conquest or Ethnographic Empire? Liberal and Nationalist Myths of ‘Greater Italy,’ 1899-1912.” Yale
Conference in Imperial and Colonial Histories, New Haven, Connecticut, February 2001.
“Italy’s ‘Colonial Expansion’ in the Americas: Changing Views of Emigration, 1896-1901.” Yale International
Security Studies Colloquium in International History and Security, New Haven, Connecticut, December
“Defining ‘Greater Italy’: Emigration and Colonialism in America and Africa, 1880-1915.” Recent Work in
International History Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, December 1999.
“‘Greater Italy’: Nationalism, Migration, and Demographic Colonialism in Africa and America, 1880-1914.” Yale
Symposium on Imperial, Colonial, and International History, New Haven, Connecticut, October 1997.
“La Nave, La Gloria, and D’Annunzio’s Politics at Fiume.” Beautiful Lies and Brutal Truths: Yale Graduate
Conference in Italian Studies, New Haven, Connecticut, March 1997.
Academic Conference Panel Chair and Comment
Panel Chair, "Italy: Religion and Human Rights." 20th Annual Law and Religion Symposium, Brigham Young
University, Provo, Utah, October 2013.
Comment for Panel, “Stopped at the Gate: Crime, Diplomacy, and Immigration.” Society for Historians of
American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Alexandria, Virginia, June 2011.
Comment for Book Award Panel Discussion, Mark Choate’s “Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad.”
Council for European Studies 17th International Conference, Montréal, Canada, April 2010.
Comment for Panel, “Repatriates or migrants? Postcolonial migrants in Western-Europe.“ The Language of
Difference: Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion of Migrants 1945-2005, Leiden University,
Netherlands, January 2010.
Comment for Book Discussion Panel, Mark Choate’s “Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad.” 34th Annual
Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Long Beach, California, November 2009.
Panel Chair, “Gender, Work and Household Survival Strategies.” 34th Annual Meeting of the Social Science
History Association, Long Beach, California, November 2009.
Comment for Panel, “The Edges of Hispanic Hegemony.” The Limits of Empire: A Conference in Honor of
Professor Geoffrey Parker, Columbus, Ohio, February 2009.
Panel Chair, “Migration and the rights of citizenship.” 33rd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History
Association, Miami, Florida, October 2008.
Panel Chair, “Rethinking the Role of Violence in the Colonial Setting.” 121st Annual Meeting of the American
Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2007.
Lectures in Secondary School Education
Guest Lecture on “Immigrants from Italy” for the History Alliance Workshop, Social Science Education Center,
Weber State University, Layton, Utah, June 2010.
Guest Lecture on “Fascisms in Europe,” at the Teacher Training Workshop, Center for the Study of Europe,
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, February 2006.
Guest Lecture on “Benito Mussolini” for the Social Science Education Center, secondary school teacher History
Seminar, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, November 2005.
Brigham Young University History Department, September 2001 to present:
Political Science 479: “Terrorism and Counterterrorism.”
History 202: “World Civilizations since 1500.”
History 307: “Europe since 1914.”
History 314: “European Fascisms, 1914 to the present.”
History 327: “Italy and the Modern World since 1848.”
Methods Seminar: “The Historian’s Craft”
Junior Seminars: “European Colonialisms, 1830-1960.”
“Topics in World Migrations since 1800.”
Senior Thesis Seminars: “Europe since 1789.”
“International Migration since 1800.”
Graduate Seminar: “Topics in European History since 1789.”
Guest Lecturer in “The Idea of Italy,” winter 2004; “Introduction to European Studies,” winter 2007, fall 2009, fall
2012; “Cultural History of Russia,” fall 2008, fall 2011, fall 2012; “Modern European Women Writers /
Studies in Women's Literature,” fall 2013.
Yale University History Department Teaching Fellow, 1997-1998, 2000-2001:
“The Military, War, and Society in the United States, 1775-1991,” with Mary Habeck, spring 2001.
“Ideas and Revolution in Europe, 1789-1917,” with Frank Snowden, fall 2000.
“Britain 1815-1945: From Dominance to Decline,” with Linda Colley, spring 1998.
“European Thought and Culture: Rousseau to Nietzsche,” with Frank M. Turner, fall 1997.
“European Civilization, 1648-1945,” with John M. Merriman, spring 1997.
Guest Lecturer in “Modern Italy 1848-1945,” fall 2000.
Teaching and Research Interests
History of Fascism and Nazism.
Modern Italy, from 1800.
Colonialism and Empire, from 1800.
International history, from 1860: diplomacy, military history, and strategy.
History and theory of terrorism, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency.
World migrations, from 1800.
East African and North African colonial history.
Intellectual and cultural history of Europe, Enlightenment to Modernism.
Religion and ethnicity in the United States and Western Europe, from 1860.
Early modern Europe, 1500-1650: diplomatic and political history.
Archival Research Experience
Migration, colonialism, and fascism research, 1997-2012:
Rome: Central State Archive
Army Staff Archive
Chamber of Deputies Archive
Dante Alighieri Society Archive
Italian Red Cross Archive
Florence: European Union Archive
Milan: Ambrosian Library
Naples: Banco di Napoli Archive
Venice, Palermo, and Rovigo: State Archives
Vatican City: Apostolic Vatican Library
Secret Vatican Archive
Paris: National Archives
Aix-en-Provence: Colonial Archives
London: Public Record Office
Durham: Sudan Archive
Munich: Institut für Zeitgeschichte
College Park: U.S. National Archives
New York: Center for Migration Studies
Research on sixteenth-century Italy and the Holy Roman Empire, 1998-1999:
Vienna: Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv; Hofkammer Archiv
Milan and Modena: State Archives.
Research Assistant for Professor Paul Kennedy, 1996-1997:
“Debates over the United Nations Security Council.”
Peer Reviewer for grant proposals, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994 to present. Served on
European History Fellowships review panel, August 2008.
Reviewer of book proposals and manuscripts for Harvard University Press; Stanford University Press (2010-
2012); Manchester University Press (2013); Routledge; Bedford-St. Martin’s; and Pearson Longman
Allyn & Bacon
Proposal Peer Review Panel, 35th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloqium, “Fossilization and
Evolution,” Salt Lake City, October 2009.
Panel organizer, “Constructing and Contesting Racial and Ethnic Borders in American Religion, 1880-1930.”
116th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco, January 2002.
Referee for European History Quarterly, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth
History (2013), Polo Sud. Rivista del Centro per gli Studi sul Mondo Islamico Contemporaneo e l’Africa
all’Università di Catania (2013) and Popular Music (2011).
Utah State History Tuning Committee Member, 2012-2014.
Brigham Young University History Department: Outcomes and Assessment Coordinator, 2012-201; Public Art
Committee, 2012-2013; Phi Alpha Theta Coordinator, 2009-2010; Undergraduate Studies Coordinator,
2008-2009; Search Committee, Modern World, 2008-2009; Chair, Student Awards Committee, 2004-
2006; Member, Curriculum Committee, 2012-2013; Student Relations Committee, 2001-2002, 2004-
2006, 2008-2009; Facilities and Resources Committee, 2008; Faculty Awards Committee, 2007-2008;
Collegiality Committee, 2002-2003; European Caucus, 2001-2004.
Brigham Young University Social Sciences College Curriculum Council Member, 2005-2008; Office of
Research and Creative Activities Grant Proposal Review Committee, 2005-2009; College Student
Awards Committee, 2005-2008; Judge, Mentored Student Research Conference, April 2008.
Immigration Historian and Advisor, Immigrant Ancestors Project, Family History Center, Brigham Young
University, September 2005 to present.
Faculty Affiliate, Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, 2001 to present. Advisor
in restructuring the European Studies Program.
Presentation on veterans’ issues to BYU Division of Student Academic and Advisement Services, July 2011;
BYU Alumni Board, October 2011.
Panel chair and commentator, “International History in the 20th Century,” Phi Alpha Theta Utah Regional
Conference, Provo, Utah, March 2004.
Judge, Fulton Annual Mentored Learning Conference, Brigham Young University, 2008.
Judge, Utah State History Fair, Brigham Young University, 2002.
Organizer, Yale History and Methodology discussion group, 2000-2001.
Coordinator between Yale History Department and U.S. Service Academies, 1997-98, 1999-2000.
Workshops held at West Point NY, November 1997; Yale campus, April 1997, April and June 2000.
Supported by a grant from the Smith-Richardson Foundation to Yale International Security Studies.
Film and Radio
Consultant and commentator for the documentary film Our Story: Italian-Americans in Utah (KUED-7 Salt Lake
City, June 2008).
Guest for “Thinking Aloud,” KBYU-FM Provo, Utah, 25 July 2008: “Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy
Guest panelist for “Thinking Aloud,” KBYU-FM Provo, Utah, 29 November 2007: “Ken Burns: The War.”
Italian, French, and German: fully fluent.
Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch: reading and limited speaking.
Somali and Arabic reading with dictionary.
American Historical Association
Association des Amis de la Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme
Association for the Study of Modern Italy
Council for European Studies
EurhistXX: The European Network for Contemporary History, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam
Immigration and Ethnic History Society
Istituto per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano
Phi Alpha Theta
Royal Historical Society, London
Social Science History Association
Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea
Society for Italian Historical Studies
Young Researchers Network, European Research Forum on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Europäisches
Migrationszentrum, Berliner Institut für Vergleichende Sozialforschung
World History Association