MemberJakub Drabik

One central element of my interest has been the history of fascism, particularly British and Czech fascism. My work, however, covers a broad range of topics, including European fascisms, British and Czechoslovak history as well as the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century. I am currently writing a book on Fascism (definition, history, manifestations) that should be published in 2018 as the first publication of its kind in Slovak language. I am also currently working on the study on the continuities and discontinuities of political elites in Czechoslovakia after the Soviet invasion and crushing of the Prague spring in 1968. One of my side projects is also focused on Czech/Czechoslovak fascism, which has been much overlooked in Western historiography I have completed my doctorate at Charles university in Prague and spent the academic year 2012/2013 as a visiting research scholar at Oxford Brookes working on my dissertation with professor Roger Griffin. Apart from that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend some time as a visiting research scholar at Wroclaw university in 2014 and enjoyed numerous research visits in London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Coventry, Bolton, Budapest etc. Since then I have published two books on BUF and Oswald Mosley (in Czech) and numerous scholarly articles on fascism, fascist propaganda and BUF. I am currently working at the Institute of History, Slovak Academy of sciences in Bratislava and as an external teacher at the Masaryk university in Brno. I also work as a deputy editor-in-chief at and regularly write for Slovak dailies. Supervisors: Prof. Roger Griffin, Prof. Martin Kovář a Dr. Jaromir Soukup

MemberJosé M. Faraldo

I am a Profesor Contratado Doctor (assistant professor, tenured) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM); I have been Ramón-y-Cajal researcher at the UCM (2009-2015). My Ph. Diss in history was at the same university with a work on Russian nationalism. After further studies in history and cultural studies in Moscow, Frankfurt/Oder and Poznań I worked from 1997 to 2002, at the European University Viadrina, in Frankfurt/Oder (Germany). From 2004 to 2008 I was research fellow and project coordinator at the Center of Research on Contemporary History, (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, ZZF), in Potsdam (Germany). I have published extensively in English, German, Spanish and Polish languages. Some works: about nationalism in Polish communism (Europe, Nation, Communism. Essays on Poland, New York, Frankfurt 2008), on Europeanism in Socialist countries (Europe in the Eastern Bloc. Imaginations and Discourses, Vienna/Cologne 2008 [with Paulina Gulińska-Jurgiel and Christian Domnitz (Eds.)]), about resistance against fascism and communism in comparison (La Europa Clandestina. La Resistencia contra las ocupaciones nazi y soviética (1938-1948), Madrid 2011); exiles from dictatorships (Reconsidering a Lost Intellectual Project. Exiles’ Reflections on Cultural Differences, CSP 2012 [with Carolina Rodríguez-López (eds.)]), history of Tourism (Introducción a la historia del Turismo, Madrid 2013[with Carolina Rodríguez-López]). My last book has been a critical review of the Russian revolution of 1917 and its memory (La Revolución rusa: historia y memoria, Madrid 2017).

MemberAntje Gamble

…(2020) Discussant for “Exploring Fascism in American Art” panel, CAA 2020, College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL; 12-15 February, 2020…
… in The First Twenty Years at MoMA 1929-1949, Eds. Sandra Zalman and Austin Porter. London: Bloomsbury Press. (in press)
(under review) “Fascism Lite on Display at MoMA’s 1949 Twentieth Century Italian Art,” in Curating Fascism, Eds. Raffaele Bedarida and Sharon Hecker.

My work examines the exhibition, sale, and critical reception of Italian art and how it shaped and was shaped by national and international socio-political shifts. My scholarship has been included in the recent volume Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot’ (Bloomsbury Press, 2018), where her chapter titled “Buying Marino Marini: The American Market for Italian Art after WWII” looks at politicized collection practices during the early Cold War. I also have two forthcoming essays: one on the 1949 exhibition “Twentieth Century Italian Art” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for a book due out late 2019 (The First Twenty Years at MoMA 1929-1949, Eds. Sandra Zalman and Austin Porter. London: Bloomsbury Press.), and another on the 1947-48 ceramic Crocifisso by Lucio Fontana for a 2020 Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) exhibition catalogue.

MemberMark Cornwall

…tria-Hungary: A Multi-National Experiment in Early Twentieth-Century Europe (Exeter, 2002)

* Czechoslovakia in an Age of Nationalism and Fascism (Oxford, 2007) [with R.J. W. Evans]

*Sacrifice and Rebirth: The Legacy of the Last Habsburg War (Berghahn, 2016) [with John Paul …

I am a historian of modern East-Central Europe, specializing in the Habsburg Empire, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia. I also study the history of treason with a particular focus on Eastern Europe

MemberHassan Melehy


“Montaigne’s Passions and Lipsian Subjects.” Montaigne Studies 30.1­–2 (March 2018): 153­–­63.

“Deleuze, Kerouac, Fascism, and Death.” Dead Theory: Derrida, Death, and the Afterlife of Theory. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. 191–2…

In 16th -century French studies, my main interests are lyric poetry, literature and political thought, literature and philosophy, and Anglo-French literary relations. My other interests include critical theory, American literature and American studies, Quebec studies, cinema, politics of the profession, and alternate disciplinary organizations of literature.

MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

…able Foundations of the Institution of Neorealism.” Italian Culture 31.1 (March 2013): 28-46. Print

“Weltliteratur as Anti-Fascism: Philology and Politics in Luigi Foscolo Benedetto’s ‘Letteratura mondiale.’” MLN 127.5 (Comparative Issue, Decem…

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. I am currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism. I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); and The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.  

MemberJoan Tumblety

…mber, pp. 397-401. DOI:
2009. ‘France’, chapter in Richard Bosworth, (ed.), The Fascism Handbook, (Oxford: Oxford University Press,), pp. 507-25.
2008. ‘The Soccer World Cup of 1938: Politics, Spectacles and la cu…

I am a historian of 20th-century France, with a special interest in cultural and gender history, and more recently in the history of health and medicine. I have published on such topics as the collaborationist press, 1940-1944, and its rehabilitation after the war; the obsessions of early to mid-twentieth-century physical culturists with masculinity, eugenics and national decline; and on aspects of the interwar radical right. I am currently working on a social and cultural history of natural health cures in early to mid 20th-century France, the cultural work of physicians, the presentation of science and medicine at the 1937 Paris world’s fair, and the emergence of self-help literature across the century.

MemberAshley Gardini

Ashley Gardini is an art historian specializing in modern Italian architecture. Her initial research focused on Antonio Sant’Elia and the development of Italian Futurist architecture. That evolved into analyzing the influence of Italian Futurist architecture during both the interwar and post-World War II periods. Now she has expanded her focus to looking beyond the role of Italian Futurism. Her work was presented at the 33rd annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. It has since been published in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Yearbook of Futurism Studies. Her current active areas of research interests are:

  • Italian Futurist architecture.
  • Women in architecture during the Fascist era.
  • 1950s and 1960s Italian architecture and design.

In addition to academic research, Ashley Gardini teach both art history and architectural history at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.    

MemberHannes Obermair

Hannes Obermair is Senior Researcher at Eurac Research, the European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy). He is there serving as Philosopher-in-Residence at the Head Office. From 2009 until 2017 he was Head of the Civic Archives of Bozen-Bolzano. He is Lecturer of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck. He is also co-founder and co-editor of “Geschichte and Region/Storia e regione”, a bilingual historical review. He has written on medieval literacy, urban history, history of the Alps, and the dissonant heritage of the fascist and nazi period. His publications have appeared in refereed journals and academic books. His latest book publications are the co-edited volumes A Land on the Threshold (2017), Mythen der Diktaturen (2019), and Lavori in Corso (2020).