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Dario Fazzi

Assistant professor

Prof.dr. D. Fazzi
+31 71 527 2704

I work as Assistant Professor of US and Environmental History at Leiden University and as Senior Researcher at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg, the Netherlands.

More information about Dario Fazzi

While enjoying my teaching duties at Leiden University, where I am also part of the Rooseveltian Century MOOC's teaching staff, I work as part-time researcher at the Roosevelt Study Center (RSC) in Middelburg. My approach to history is a bottom-up one, mostly centered on the idea that people, whose role has been often overshadowed by the traditional interpretations stressing the relevance of power politics, are instead legitimate and significant agents of historical change, even at the international level.

Fields of interest

My main field of research lies in environmental and transatlantic history. His main field of research lies in environmental and transatlantic history.


I am interested in studying how the transformation of American democracy at home and the evolution of the projection of U.S. power abroad have both intersected the dynamics of the Anthropocene and have affected the global ecosystem. More specifically, I study how the growth and expansion of the U.S. military-industrial complex throughout the twentieth century has impacted planetary landscapes and waterscapes.

Teaching activities and supervision

I teach courses on US history, transatlantic relations, peace history, environmental history, and thesis seminars. I am also project assitant of the "Rooseveltian Century" MOOC (Coursera-Leiden University).

Grants and awards

VIS Project - Blue Acceleration, Toxic Degradation, and Environmental Democracy in Delta Regions

Curriculum Vitae

2007-2010: Ph.D. History, University of Bologna, Italy
2004-2006: M.A. Summa cum Laude, International Relations, University of Roma Tre, Italy
2001-2004: B.A, International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, University of Bologna, Italy

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE2021-Present: Assistant Professor, Leiden University
2015-Present: Senior Researcher, Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS), the Netherlands
2015-Present: Lecturer in US History, Leiden University, the Netherlands
2016-2018: Lecturer in International History, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2015-2016: Visiting Professor, University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy
2014-2015: Visiting Professor, Ghent University, Belgium
2014-2015: Lecturer, University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands 2012-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, Roosevelt Study Center, the Netherlands
2010-2012: Research Associate, University of Bologna, Italy

Key publications

- D. Fazzi, Smoke on the Water: At-Sea Incineration and the Struggle for Oceans’ Health (forthcoming)

- D. Fazzi, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Anti-Nuclear Movement: The Voice of Conscience (New York: Palgrave, 2016)

- G. Scott-Smith, G. Di Tommaso, D. Fazzi (eds.), Public Health and the American State, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
- D. Fazzi, A. Luscombe (eds.), The Global Citizen: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Views on Diplomacy and Democracy (Palgrave: New York: 2020)

- “The Most Exceptional First Lady: Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House and beyond,” in Maarten Zwiers and Jelte Olthof (eds.), Profiles in Power: Reassessing Presidential Persona and Agency (Leiden: Brill, 2019)
- “Human Rights vs. Human Life: The US-Soviet Bottom-Line,” in Alex van Stipriaan, Gijsbert Oonk, Sandra Manickam, Histories of Encounters (ESHCC: Rotterdam, 2018)
- “The Nuclear Freeze: Transnational Pursuit of Positive Peace, 1979-1983,” in William Knoblauch, Michael Loadenthal, Christian P. Peterson (eds.), The Routledge History of World Peace since 1750 (London: Routledge, 2018)
- “The Nuclear Freeze Generation: The Early 1980s Anti-Nuclear Youth Revolt between ‘Carter’s Vietnam’ and ‘Euroshima’,” in Knud Andresen and Bart van der Steen (eds.), A European Youth Revolt in 1980-1981 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016)

- “Embodying the American Century: The Long-Lasting US Military Presence in Europe and the Case of Schinnen,” in Frank Mehring and Jorrit van den Berk (eds.), “Forging the American Century,” in
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, 2019
- “A Voice of Conscience. How Eleanor Roosevelt Popularized the Nuclear Debate in the Fifties,” in Journal of American Studies, Volume 50, Issue 3, August 2016, pp. 699-730
- “The Blame and the Shame: Kennedy’s Choice to Resume Nuclear Tests,” in Peace and Change, Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2014, pp. 1-22
- “La Storia della pace. Tradizioni e orientamenti nella storiografia anglosassone” [“Peace History. Traditions and Tendencies within the Anglo-American Historiography”], in Ricerche di Storia Politica, Volume 15, Issue 1, April 2012, pp. 49-62

Assistant professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.71A


Professor by special appointment Transatlantic Environmental History

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Geschiedenis diversen

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.71 A



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