School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Professor Claudia Baldoli

Visiting Fellow


Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Postgraduate Studies, 2009-2010 and 2013-2014; History MAs Degree Programme Director, 2011-2013; Erasmus coordinator, 2006-2008 and semester 1, 2015-2016.


Laurea degree in History, University of Venice.
PhD in International History, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Previous Positions

Senior Research Fellow in History, University of Hertfordshire (2004-2006).
Visiting Lecturer, Italian Department, University College London (2003-2004).
Visiting Lecturer, School of History, Birkbeck College London (2001-2003).


Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI).
Societa' Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea (SISSCO).

Member of the Editorial Board of Modern Italy (journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy).

Honours and Awards

Balsdon Fellow, The British School at Rome, September-December 2012. 

Co-investigator, 3-year AHRC-funded project 'Bombing States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945', Universities of Newcastle, Exeter and Reading (2007-2010).

Research assistant/collaborator, 2-year AHRC/ESCR-funded project, Programme Cultures of Consumption, Transnational History of Italian Coffee (2003-2005).
Visiting Fellowship in Italian Studies, European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 2003-2004.
Research Fellowship, Comitato Nazionale Italia nel Mondo, Rome, 2001-2003.


Research Interests

My research interests are in the cultural and political history of Italy and Europe in the twentieth century, particularly Fascism, anti-Fascism, emigration, political exile, and the Second World War from the civilians' perspective.

Current Work

During September-December 2012 I carried out research at the British School at Rome as Balsdon Fellow. I am currently working on a project on 'In Search of the White International: Catholic Communism between the Wars'.

From October 2007 to October 2010 I was involved in the AHRC funded project on 'Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945', investigating the impact of bombing on civilians in Britain, Germany, France and Italy. The project was based at the universities of Newcastle, Exeter and Reading. See the project website:

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome proposals from postgraduates who are interested in any aspect of the political, cultural and social history of Italy in the 20th century; on the impact of bombing in the Second World War in Europe; on the relationship between radical politics and religion in the 20th century; and on the experience of anti-Fascist exile in the interwar period.


Undergraduate Teaching

Stage 1: Themes in European History, HIS1027; Varieties of History, HIS1029; Evidence and Argument, HIS1030.
Stage 2: A Civilians' War, 1939-45, HIS2087.
Stage 3: Fascism in Italy, HIS3205; Italy post-1945: Politics, Culture and Miracles, HIS 3109; Writing History HIS3020.

Postgraduate Teaching (MA European History)

Conflict in European History, HIS8052.
Conflict in European History: Case Studies, HIS8053.


 Office Hours

On leave in semester 1, 2016-2017.