Personal Statement:

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, and (trans)national identities. 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

 

Selected Publications:

 

Teaching Fields:

  • Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Modern Italy
  • Food History
  • Consumer Culture
  • Digital and Public History
  • World History (1700 to the Present)

 

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 123B: Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
    Summer 2015
  • Co-taught with Claudio Fogu, INT 184CF: The Digital Turn in Historical Culture
    Winter 2015
  • HIST 99: Undergraduate Research Assistantship
    Spring 2013

 

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • 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
  • 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

 

Dissertation Project:

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.

 

Edited Volume:

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 volume will include the (un)published book chapters, essays, speeches, and letters Ricci composed or delivered during her exhaustive travels between the United States, Italy, and Italian East and North Africa between 1935 and 1941.

 

Miscellaneous Links:

  • 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.