Alessandro Bonvini obtained a PhD in History from the University of Salerno, in joint supervision with Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogota (March 2018). He has been a visiting student at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogota and at the National School of Anthropology and History of Mexico City.
His dissertation, ‘Avventurieri, esuli e volontari. Storie atlantiche del Risorgimento’ / ‘Aventureros, exiliados y voluntarios. Historias atlánticas del Risorgimento’, explores the revolutionary experience of Italian patriots in America during the long nineteenth century, and investigates adventurers, exiles and volunteers active from Texas to Patagonia, crossing the Caribbean islands and the Peninsula again.
His main research interests encompass the study of anti-absolutist movements in the age of revolutions, circulation of ideas between Europe and America, and the phenomenon of volunteerism in the Atlantic world. He has published articles on adventurism in the Viceroyalty of New Granada, scientific explorations of the overseas territories, Mazzinian associations in the New World, and the creation of republican émigrés’ colonies in the River Plate area. As a Max Weber Fellow, he intends to revise his dissertation, further focusing on the Risorgimento exiles in the United States.
In Salerno and Bogota,Alessandro has taught several seminars in global history, as well as classes in the history of revolutions, the history of the Risorgimento, and the history of Latin America. Currently, he leads an annual workshop in Atlantic history.