Professor of Early Modern Global History
Prof. Riello will take up service in September 2019
Fields of research
- 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
- English, Italian
- French, Spanish
Current research projects
- "European Factories of the Indian Ocean, 1600-1780" examining the role of the European East India Company’s ports, trade and system of procurement in Asia.
- “Cultures of Innovation: Silk in Pre-Modern Eurasia” (with Dagmar Schaefer, Max Planck Institute, Berlin) comparing innovation in the production and consumption of textiles in China and Western Europe, c. 1200-1800.
- “Around the Early Modern World: A Merchant’s Global Journey” considering the travels of the Florentine merchant Francesco Carletti in 1594-1602.
Selected recent publications
- Back in Fashion: A History of Western Fashion since the Middle Ages (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2019).
- ed.with Ulinka Rublack, The Right to Dress: Sumptuary Laws in a Global Perspective, 1200-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 505pp.
- ed. with Dagmar Schaefer and Luca Molà, Threads of Global Desire: Silk in the Pre-modern World (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 412pp.
- ed.with Tirthankar Roy, Global Economic History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), 376pp.
- with Peter McNeil, Luxury: A Rich History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 351pp. Translated into Polish as Historia Luksusu (Bellona, 2017); into Chinese (Truth and Wisdom Press, forthcoming Dec. 2018).
- Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 407pp. Translations into Chinese 棉的全球史 乔吉奥列略 历史 书籍 (Beijing: Shanghai People Press and CUP, 2018); into Japanese (forthcoming 2019).