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Faculty Areas of Supervision

The Department of History and Civilization specializes in broad areas of 15th-21st century history. Prospective applicants should look closely at the research interests specified by the professors on 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 to be potential supervisors. However, we ask you not to contact the professors for advice, in order not to undermine the fairness of our selection procedure


Giancarlo Casale

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 History of Europe in the World (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.


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Giorgio Riello, Professor of Early Modern Global History

Research themes: global history and history of globalization; history of material culture; history of consumption and fashion; Early Modern history of trade; history of the Indian Ocean; global economic and cultural history

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.


Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History and Capitalism

Research themes: modern European, East and West, 18-20th century; history of capitalism; European empires in Asia-Pacific; history of internationalisms and nationalisms; settler societies; diplomatic history; environmental history; women and gender 

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Ann Thomson, Professor of European Intellectual History.

Research themes: Intellectual history in the long Eighteenth Century; travel writing, discussions of ‘race’ and slavery; religion and science; cultural transfers and intellectual networks; translation and book history; Europe and the Muslim 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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