I work as part-time lecturer in Leiden and as senior researcher at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middleburg (www.roosevelt.nl)
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
I study twentieth century US history. In particular, I am interested in public intellectuals’ and social movements’ impact on US cold-war relations. I have published books and articles on Eleanor Roosevelt’s social activism and on her role as a public diplomat. I have also published articles, contributed chapters, and written reviews on nuclear culture and policymaking, peace movements, youth protests, and transatlantic crossings. I am currently working on a book on US military bases in Europe tentatively titled "The US Among Us".
My research focuses on the interplay between US social and foreign policy history. My main field of study lies in US history, peace history and transatlantic relations.
Teaching activities and supervision
I teach courses on US history, transatlantic relations, peace history, and thesis seminars. I am also project assitant of the "Rooseveltian Century" MOOC (Coursera-Leiden University).
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
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
- The US Among Us: American Military ‘Lily Pads’ in Europe, 1954-1994 (work-in-progress)
- Eleanor Roosevelt and the Anti-Nuclear Movement: The Voice of Conscience (New York: Palgrave,2016)
EDITED VOLUMES/SPECIAL ISSUES:
- The Global Citizen: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Views on Diplomacy and Democracy, co-edited with Anya Luscombe (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming)
- "A Trustworthy Public Diplomat? Recent European Scholarship on Eleanor Roosevelt," co-edited with
Anya Luscombe, in European Journal of American Studies, Special Issue, Volume 1, 2017 BOOK CHAPTERS:
- “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)
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES:
- “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