I am a Ph.D. Candidate in modern Italian history at University of California, Santa Barbara. My interests include modern European/Italian history, Fascist Italy, Italian colonialism, cultural and intellectual history, consumer/material cultures, and transnationalism.
In 2008, I was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in History from Sonoma State University (SSU). In 2011, I completed a Master of Arts in Modern European History with a minor in cultural and intellectual history from San Francisco State University (SFSU). I am now studying the cultural and intellectual history of Fascist Italy with Dr. Claudio Fogu as a doctoral candidate at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Upon completion of my dissertation, I intend to seek a tenure-track professorship and specialize in teaching modern European/world history. History, unlike many other academic disciplines, holds the potential for expanding students’ worldviews and, therefore, positively shaping both the present and the future of our society. To this end, I hope to expand my students' socio-cultural vocabularies and encourage intercultural understanding by promoting my students' empathetic impulses towards past actors and subjects.
Some of the awards, honors, and fellowships I have received include: A Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Columbia University, 2015); two Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowships for Dissertation Research (UCSB, 2014; 2015); two History Associates Fellowships (UCSB, 2014; 2015); a Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award (UCSB, 2014); a Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award (SFSU, 2012); The Paul O'Meara Memorial Fellowship (SFSU, 2011); and a Distinguished Achievement Award (SFSU, 2011).