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School of History

Professor Maurizio Isabella


Professor of Modern History

Telephone: +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) Professeur Invité, at École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2017), and Visiting Professor at the Scuola Superiore, university of Catania, 2022.

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). Between 2017 and 2018 I held a EURIAS mobility fellow at the Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies, and in Autumn 2018 I was awarded a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at European University Institute. In Autumn 2020 I was senior fellow at the Max Weber Kolleg at the university of Erfurt. In Spring 2023 I will be back at the European University Institute as visiting fellow.


Undergraduate Teaching


  • HST5364 - The Struggle for Italy

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching


Research Interests:

I specialise in intellectual, political and cultural history, with a focus Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Italy in global context in the nineteenth century, and on transnational connections and exchanges. I am currently working on a reappraisal of the age of revolutions as an age of counterrevolutions.

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
- The Age of Revolutions and Counterrevolutions in the Americas and Europe
- Transnational and global intellectual history
- The Italian Risorgimento



Books and edited collections

Articles, Chapters in edited volumes


I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Transnational intellectual history
  • The Mediterranean and Southern Europe in the long nineteenth century
  • The Age of Revolutions
  • Modern Italian History

Public Engagement


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