UCSB’s The Current on My Interwar Crisis Course
Recently, I sat down with Jim Logan at University of California, Santa Barbara’s news and announcements blog, The Current, to discuss my current summer course, “Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939.” We talked about my motivations for teaching this particular course, especially in light of recent events in Europe and the United States, as well as my experimental course blog which, as he aptly phrases it, “lets students learn — and teach — about Europe’s interwar decades (1918-1939)”.
Fulbright Research Grant
I am pleased to announced that I have been awarded a 2018-2019 Fulbright Research Grant to Italy. During my year in Rome, I will be consulting source materials at a number of archives and libraries, conducting interviews with winemakers, completing my dissertation’s remaining chapters, volunteering periodically in the vineyards of Rome’s nearby castelli romani winemaking region, and delivering a public lecture at the International Library, “La Vigna” in Vicenza.
Brian J Griffith is a Ph.D. Candidate in modern Italian history at University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include modern Europe, modern Italy, Fascism, consumerism, (trans)national identities, and the Digital Humanities. Brian is currently completing a dissertation on winemaking, consumerism, and identity construction in interwar Italy titled Bacchus’ Blackshirt: Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy.
Dissertation Title:Bacchus' Blackshirt: Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy
- Cultivating Fascism: Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy
Perspectives on Europe 46:1 (Spring 2016): 88-92.
- Co-authored with Sarah A. Curtis and Jason Lahman, Blogging in the Classroom: Using a Blog as a Supplemental Resource
Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association 50:4 (April 2012): 20-22.
- Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
- Modern Italy
- Food History
- Consumer Cultures
- Digital and Public History
- World History (1700 to the Present)
- HIST 123B: Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939
- HIST 123B: Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
- Co-taught with Claudio Fogu, INT 184CF: The Digital Turn in Historical Culture
- HIST 99: Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Awards & Professional Activities:
- Fulbright Research Grant
Institute of International Education / 2018-2019
- Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowship
Graduate Division / University of California, Santa Barbara / Spring 2017
- Graduate Humanities Research Fellowship
University of California, Santa Barbara / Spring 2016
- Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
Council for European Studies / Columbia University / Spring 2015
- The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research
The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation / University of California, Santa Barbara / Spring 2014 & Spring 2015
- Dick Cook Memorial Award
History Department / University of California, Santa Barbara / Spring 2015
- Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant
University of California, Santa Barbara / Spring 2014
- Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award
University of California, Santa Barbara / Spring 2014
Bacchus’ Blackshirt: Winemaking and Making Italians in Fascist Italy
My dissertation examines the multifarious roles played by winemaking and popular grape and wine consumption within the Italian dictatorship’s objective of “making Italians” during the interwar years.
Sorella fascista: The Collected Papers of Ruth Williams Ricci
Ruth Williams Ricci – a Fascist sympathizer from New York City who served both as a volunteer nurse in the Italian Red Cross and, later, as a freelance journalist during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War – toured throughout East and North Africa, participated in or witnessed many of Fascist Italy’s military and colonial campaigns, and had personal contacts among the regime’s highest generals and officials. Once completed, this “digital volume” will feature the (un)published book chapters, essays, speeches, and letters that Ricci composed between 1935 and 1941 in defense of both Fascism and Italian colonialism for a largely American readership. Additionally, the volume will feature a range of other relevant primary sources, such as transcripts of Ricci’s recently discovered FBI files and documents from Fascist Italy’s Ministry of Popular Culture pertaining to Ricci’s pro-Italian propaganda campaigns in Italy and the United States. Finally, the volume will include a variety of digital tools and resources, such as interactive maps of Ricci’s travels, a comprehensive timeline, and a photo gallery, each of which will serve as “portals” into the collection of Ricci’s writings. Following contemporary trends in Digital History, the volume’s resources will be hyperlinked together as a “web” of connectivity and interactivity, allowing the reader to move seamlessly, and in a non-linear fashion, between interactive companion resources, primary source documents, and secondary (or editorial) vignettes.
- Brian J Griffith
My professional website features my up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, research interests and current/future projects, teaching experience and philosophy, and miscellaneous resources pertaining to the study of modern Italian history.
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- Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict (Roma: Odradek Edizioni / ISSN: 2385-1171)
Zapruder World is both a digital journal and a global network of historians and political activists. The journal aspires to transform the way we look at history, and the way historical knowledge is transmitted from one generation to another.