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Faculty Areas of Supervision

The Department of History and Civilization specializes in these broad areas of 15th-21st century history: the shaping of modern Europe; intellectual history and history of science; power, society, ideology; and imperial, colonial and global history.

Prospective applicants should look closely at the research interests specified by the professors in their personal web pages. These will provide the clearest idea of the kinds of research topics that are supervised at the EUI. It should not be assumed that the interests listed are the only topics those professors will supervise, but they should serve as a useful guide. Specific research interests of the professors who are available to supervise new researchers are set out below.

In the application form you are encouraged to list the names of potential supervisors for your research. Faculty members will then become aware that you consider them as potential supervisors. However, you should not contact them and ask them for advice, as this could undermine the competitiveness and fairness of our selection procedure.


Casale Giancarlo

Giancarlo Casale, Professor of Early Modern History of the Mediterranean. Research Themes: Ottoman History, Comparative Early Modern Empires, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean History, History of Geography and Cartography.

Laura L. Downs, Professor of Gender History. Research themes: modern Europe, with a focus on France, Italy and Great Britain; comparative labour history; history and social theory; histories of gender and sexuality; comparative history of childhood; comparative history of social protection.

Alexander Etkind, Mikhail M. Bakhtin Professor of History of Russia-Europe Relations. Research themes: European intellectual history; memory studies; natural resources and the history of political economy; empires and colonies in Europe; Russian politics, novel and film (21st century).

Regina Grafe, Professor of Early Modern History. Research themes: Early modern history of the Hispanic World; global economic and social history; the history of state and empire-building; colonial governance; comparative history of private and public commercial institutions and legal norms.

Pieter M. Judson, Professor of 19th and 20th Century History. Research themes: Central, Eastern, and South-eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries; comparative empire; European nationalism, borderlands, fascisms; histories of sexuality and gender.

Lucy Riall, Professor of Comparative History of Europe (19th to 20th centuries). Research themes: modern European History, especially Italy; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European colonialism; nationalism and nation-building; biography; religion and politics; masculinity and politics.


Federico Romero, Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration. Research themes: 20th century international and transnational history; European integration; Cold War; Trans-Atlantic relations; US history; migrations.

Ann Thomson, Professor of European Intellectual History. Research themes: European intellectual history in the long Eighteenth Century, especially France and Britain; cultural transfers and intellectual networks; Europe and the Islamic world.


Corinna Unger, Professor of Global and Colonial History (19th and 20th centuries). Research themes: global, international, and colonial history; history of development; history of knowledge; Cold War and decolonization; modern India; rural, agricultural, and environmental history.

Stéphane Van Damme, Professor of History of Science. Research themes: enlightenment science in a global context; enlightenment metropolis in Europe (Paris, London, Edinburgh); empires of sciences (North-America, West Africa, South India); natures of the Enlightenment (environmental history, anthropocene); democratic transitions and sciences: transatlantic debates.

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