Announcements

UCLA’s Eugen Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship
In July 2020, I was named the inaugural Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles. During my 2020-2021 postdoctoral fellowship, I will be working towards the completion of my first monograph, which I have tentatively titled Cultivating Fascism: Wine and Politics in Mussolini’s Italy, by carrying out the remaining research and early composition for two of my planned four additional chapters. Additionally, I am teaching two upper-division undergraduate courses on modern European history.

Fulbright Research/Study 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.

Personal Statement:

Brian J Griffith is the 2020-2021 Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles. His interests include modern Europe, modern Italy, Fascism, consumerism, (trans)national identities, and the digital humanities. Brian is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cultivating Fascism: Wine and Politics in Mussolini’s Italy which explores the way in which vino came to be viewed as a quintessentially ‘Italian’ beverage among Italy’s middle- and upper-class households during Fascism’s twenty years in power.

Dissertation Title:

Bringing Bacchus to the People: Winemaking and “Making Italians” in Fascist Italy

Selected Publications:

Articles

  • “Bacchus among the Blackshirts: Wine Making, Consumerism, and Identity in Fascist Italy,” Contemporary European History 29:4 (November 2020).
  • 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.

Editorships

Reviews

Teaching Fields:

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

Courses Taught:

Graduate Level Courses

Undergraduate Level Courses

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • Fulbright Study/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
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.
  • Academia.edu Profile
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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.