Dr Maurizio Isabella
Reader in Modern History
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2862
I studied at the Universities of Milan and Cambridge, where I obtained my doctorate in 2000. I have taught at Birkbeck College and Queen Mary College. I was Visiting professor at the University of Calabria, Arcavacata (2015) and and Professeur Invité, École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2017).
I have held fellowships at CRASSH (2004), Birkbeck (2005), Princeton (2006) and the Center For European Studies at Harvard (2013), at the Instituto Ciencias Sociais, (ICS), Lisbon (2015), at the Casa Velasquez, Madrid (2016). I am currently holding a EURIAS mobility fellow at the Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (2017-18), and have been awarded a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at European University Institute, Florence for the Autumn 2018.
I specialise in intellectual, political and cultural history, with a focus Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Italy in the nineteenth century, and on transnational connections and exchanges. I am currently completing a history of the 1820s revolutions of Southern Europe in global context, to be published with Princeton University Press.
I was a member of the Steering committee of a 3 year Leverhulme (link is external)-funded network on “Rethinking Democracy in the Mediterranean 1750-1850”, and holder of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (link is external) (2013-2014) to work on Southern Europe in the Age of Revolutions. My research interests include:
- Southern Europe and the Mediterranean and their relationship with the rest of the world in the nineteenth century
- Transnational and global intellectual history
- The Italian Risorgimento
Books and edited collections
- With Konstantina Zanou (eds.), Mediterranean Diasporas. Politic and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016
- (as guest editor), “Nationality before Liberty? Risorgimento Political Thought in Transnational Context (link is external)””, special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (link is external) 2012
- Risorgimento in Exile. Italian Émigrés and the Liberal International in the Post- Napoleonic Era (link is external) (2009, Oxford University Press) The book was named proxime accessit to the Gladstone Prize (link is external), the award of the Royal Historical Society for the best first history book in non-British history for year 2009.
- Italian translation appeared in 2011 as Risorgimento in Esilio, Roma-Bari, Laterza
Articles, Chapters in edited volumes
- 'Religion, Popular Mobilization and Democracy, 1790-1860 ca', in J. Innes & M. Philp (eds), Re-imagining Democracy in The Mediterranean 1750-1850 ca, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018, 231 - 251
- “The Political Thought of a New Constitutional Monarchy. Piedmont after 1848”, in G. Stedman Jones & D. Moggach (eds), The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2018, 383 - 404
- Response (with K.. Zanou) to Round Table discussion on Mediterranean Diasporas, with J. Kurunmaki, A.Dialla and .B.Heyberger, Global Intellectual History, 2018
- “Liberalismo e globalizzazione”, in “Dalla storia dell’Impero alla World History. L’itinerario storiografico di Christopher A. Bayly”, Passato e Presente, 2017
- With Konstantina Zanou, “Introduction: The Sea, its People and their Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century”, in Isabella and Zanou (eds.), Mediterranean Diasporas. Politic and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016
- With Artan Puto, “From Southern Italy to Instanbul: Trajectories of Albanian Nationalism in the Writings of Girolamo De Rada and Shemseddin Sami Frasheri 1848-1903 ca” in Mediterranean Diasporas, 2016
- “Mediterranean Liberals? Italian Revolutionaries and the Making of a Colonial Sea 1800-1830”, in Isabella and Zanou (eds.), Mediterranean Diasporas. Politics and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century, Bloomsbury publisher, 2016
- “Citizens or Faithful? Religion and the Liberal Revolutions of the 1820s in Southern Europe”, Modern Intellectual History, forum on “Global Liberalisms”, (Glenda Sluga and Timothy Rowse eds.), 2015
- “Aristocratic Liberalism and Risorgimento: Cesare Balbo and Piedmontese Political Thought after 1848 (link is external)”, History of European Ideas (link is external), 2013
- “Entangled patriotisms: the Italian diaspora and Spanish America”, in G. Paquette and M. Brown (eds.) Connections after Colonialism. Europe and Latin America in the 1820s (link is external), (Alabama U. Press, 2013)
- “Rethinking Italy’s Nation-Building 150 Years Afterwards: The New Risorgimento Historiography”, Past and Present (link is external), 2012, 112, 247 268
- “Liberalism and Empire and the Mediterranean. The case of the Risorgimento”, in Patriarca and Riall (eds.), The Risorgimento Revisited (link is external), (London, Palgrave MacMillan,2012), 232-254,
- “Il movimento risorgimentale in un contesto globale”, in A. Roccucci (ed.), La costruzione dello stato nazione in Italia (link is external) , (2012, Roma, Viella), pp.79-100
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- Transnational intellectual history
- History of Nationalism
- Modern Italian History
- The Mediterranean and Southern Europe in the long nineteenth century
Current PHD Students
- Giuseppe Grieco – British imperialism and Southern liberalism: the quest for a Mediterranean order 1790s-1850s
- Italian Mediterraneans. ASMI Conference 2020. Keynote.
- Al Jazeera News (link is external) to discuss the confidence vote in the Italian government (October 2013)
- Al Jazeera News (link is external) to discuss Berlusconi’s downfall (26 October 2012)
- Night Waves (link is external) BBC Radio 3 (link is external) “Italy’s 150th Anniversary Unification Special” (16 March 2011)