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Lucy Riall

Full-time Professor

Department of History

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[email protected]

[+39] 055 4686 543


Villa Salviati- Castle, SACA209

Administrative contact

Fabrizio Borchi

Working languages

English, Italian, French, German, Spanish

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Lucy Riall

Full-time Professor

Department of History


Lucy Riall is Professor of the History of Europe in the World at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. Previously she was Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. Her current research focuses on ‘informal’ colonialism and migration, focusing particularly on European colonies of settlement in South America. Her recent publications include “From Merchant Prince to Mobile Nation: Nineteenth-Century Italians ‘Overseas’,” Storica (forthcoming, 83, 2023), and ‘‘Hidden Spaces of Empire: Italian Colonists in Nineteenth-Century Peru,’ Past and Present, 254/1 (2022), 193-233. She is also the author of Under the Volcano: Revolution in a Sicilian Town (Oxford, 2013), and Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero (New Haven and London, 2007), both of which have been published in Italian. She is the editor (with Valeria Babini and Chiara Beccalossi) of Italian Sexualities Uncovered (London, 2015) and (with Sean Brady, Chris Fletcher and Rachel Moss) of The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe (London, 2018).

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