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Giorgio Riello

Full-time Professor

Department of History and Civilisation

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[+39] 055 4686 594


Villa Salviati- Manica, SAMN238

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Italian, English

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Giorgio Riello

Full-time Professor

Department of History and Civilisation


Giorgio Riello is Chair of Early Modern Global History. He joined the Department of History and Civilization in 2019 moving from the University of Warwick where he was Professor of Global History and Culture. At Warwick he was the Director of the Institute of Advanced Study. Giorgio has published extensively on the economic and material culture history of trade and consumption in early modern Asia and Europe. He is the author of Back In Fashion: Western Fashion since the Middle Ages (Yale UP, 2020); Luxury: A Rich History (Oxford UP 2016, co-authored with P. McNeil); Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (Cambridge UP 2013, Pb 2015; winner of the World History Association Bentley Prize 2014); La Moda (Laterza, 2012; 2nd ed. 2021); and A Foot in the Past (Oxford UP, 2006). He has co-edited more than a dozen books and special issues of journals. He was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize amd he was the coordinator of the Leverhulme-funded ‘The Luxury Network’. He is currently developing three projects: he is co-writing a book (with Dagmar Schaefer, Max Planck Institute, Berlin) entitled 'Cultures of Innovation: Silk in Pre-Modern Eurasia'; developing a research project entitled ‘European Factories of the Indian Ocean, 1500-1800’ considering the system of trade and information exchange in the Indian Ocean; and collaborating with colleagues at Stanford, Syracure and Warwick on a project entitled ‘Carletti’s World: An Early Modern Global Voyage’.

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