Assistant Professor of History
Office: 4124 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4027 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 or by appointment
I am a scholar of international and global history, with a focus on the place of Europe in the wider world. My research centers on the history of internationalism, the Catholic Church, and economic development.
My first book, A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe (Harvard University Press, 2019), explores how World War I galvanized the central government of the Catholic Church to craft its own variety of internationalism, which was intended to rival both liberal and communist internationalism. From 1918 up through the mid 1960s, the Vatican’s Catholic International made novel use of international law, public diplomacy, and new media to deepen the ties between Church and State and weaken perceived ideological and geopolitical rivals. Drawing on new archival research conducted in eight countries, the project shows how the Vatican’s internationalist activities decisively shaped European reconstruction after both World War I and World War II, and left a lasting mark on global politics, culture, and society.
My second book, Failed Globalists: Economic Development, Decolonization, and the Demise of European Political Hegemony (in process), explains how Western Europe’s three leading political movements after World War II (Christian Democracy, socialism, and communism) sought to expand their influence both within Western Europe and in the decolonizing world through the crafting and implementation of rival economic development strategies. It investigates how these transnational movements used their economic development work to respond to the rise of the Bretton Woods economic order after World War II, and to the challenge posed to that economic order by the so-called Third World in the 1970s, as a range of countries in the Global South began calling for a New International Economic Order (NIEO) to redistribute wealth and redress imperialism’s wrongs.
My teaching interests include the history of internationalism (especially liberal, communist, anarchist, anti-imperial, and Catholic internationalism); fascism; imperialism and decolonization; and the history of human rights, humanitarianism, and economic development. In my teaching, I encourage both undergraduate and graduate students to embrace history as a discipline that offers critical insight into the past and the present, and provides us with a handy toolkit of translatable skills, which are useful both in the academy and beyond.
I’ve recently gotten involved in the Public Humanities initiative at the University’s Center for the Humanities, in an attempt to deepen ties between town and gown, and jumpstart the conversation about the role of the humanities in the wider world. Additionally, Scott Gehlbach (Political Science) and I have co-organized a seminar on History & Politics, so as to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue and exchange. Our speaker series has been made possible by the generous support of the Brittingham Trust, the George L. Mosse Program, the Center for European Studies, the Intellectual History Group, the Comparative Politics Colloquium, and the Political Economy Colloquium. Please drop a line for more information.
- Book – “Failed Globalists: Economic Development, Decolonization, and the Demise of European Political Hegemony” (work-in-progress)
- “Economic Development and the End of European Hegemony,” Journal of World History (commissioned article, forthcoming 2019)
- “The New International Economic Order and the Recovery of an Alternative Vision for Global Governance,” Duke Global Working Paper (May 2019)
- “Transatlantic Catholicism and the Making of the ‘Christian West,’” in The TransAtlantic Reconsidered, Susanne Lachenicht and Charlotte Lerg, eds. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018)
- “Pius XII, Rights Talk and the Dawn of the Religious Cold War,” in Religion and Human Rights, Devin Pendas, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
- “The Vatican, Nazi-Fascism, and the Making of Transnational Anticommunism in the 1930s,” Journal of Contemporary History 51,2 (2016): 261-290.
- “Introduction: Decolonization and Religion in the French Empire,” with Elizabeth Foster, French Politics, Culture, & Society 33, 2 (summer 2015): 1-12.
- “The Catholic Origins of Economic Development after World War II,” French Politics, Culture, & Society 33, 2 (summer 2015): 55-75.
- “Catholics, Antisemitism, and the Human Rights Swerve,” The Immanent Frame (June 2015)
- “The Vatican and the Reshaping of the European International Order after World War I,” The Historical Journal, 56 (December 2013): 955-976.
- “La Giac di Gedda di fronte alla crisi europea,'” in Luigi Gedda nella storia, Paolo Trionfini and Simon Ferrantin, eds. (Rome: Studium, 2013), pp. 325-336.
- “Cardinal Pizzardo and the Internationalization of Catholic Action,” in Gouvernement pontifical sous Pie XI, Laura Pettinaroli, ed. (Rome: École française de Rome, 2012)
Invited Talks & Research Presentations
- “Transnational Solidarities, Neo-Liberal Economics, and the Chicago Boys in Chile,” Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, August 2019
- “Christian Conceptions of Global Order,” King’s College, London, June 2019
- “Modernization Theory is Dead / Long Live Modernization Theory,” Global History and Catholicism conference, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IND, May 2019
- “A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe,” Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin at Madison, May 2019
- “The Five-Star Movement, the Northern League, and the Historical Roots of Anti-Politics in Italy,” University of Wisconsin at Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, April 2019
- “The New International Economic Order and the Recovery of an Alternative Vision for Global Governance,” Realism, Liberal Internationalism, History: Conceiving a New Research Agenda, Duke University, Center for International and Global Studies, Durham, NC, February 2019
- “The Vatican Agenda after 1945,” Religion, Communism, and the Cold War, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, May 2018
- “Catholic Internationalism after World War II: The Vatican’s Role in Early Postwar Nation-Building,” 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, IL, March 2018
- “Catholic Internationalism,” The Study of Global Catholicism in the Modern Period workshop, Notre Dame, Indiana, February 2018
- “Democracy and Crisis,” The Crisis of Democracy and Global Interdependence: Aldo Moro’s vision and George L. Mosse’s Interpretations, New York University, November 2017
- “The Vatican’s Anticommunist Crusade,” American Historical Association annual conference, Denver, CO, January 2017
- “The Pope vs. Wilson: How Catholic Internationalism Outlived the Wilsonian Moment,” United States Intellectual History Conference, Stanford University, October 2016
- “Sacco and Vanzetti: What Can We Learn From Their Story?” UW-Madison, September 2016
- “The Vatican, Nation-Building, and International Law,” Political Catholicism Conference, NYU,December 2015
- “The Vatican, Religious Nationalism, and the Catholic International after World War I,” The Evolution of the Papacy: Modernity, Media, and Mission,” Northwestern University, October 2015
- “Soft Power and the Vatican,” La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison, September 2015
- “Ethno-Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Catholic Internationalism,” the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, August 2015
- “Catholic Associational Life and State-Making,” Forms of Public Sociality conference, the University of Crete, May 2015
- “Catholic Civil Society,” special lecture in Global Political Catholicism class, taught by Professor Charles Gallagher, Boston College, October 2014
- “The Vatican and Catholic Internationalism,” University of British Columbia-Vancouver, February 2014
- “The Catholic Church and ‘Christian States’ after 1919 and after 1945,” Theorizing Religion in Modern Europe conference, Harvard University, January 2014
- Fall Research Competition, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education,University of Wisconsin, Madison, June 2019
- DAAD and Center for German and European Studies Research Competition, University of Wisconsin, Madison, January 2019-December 2020
- First Book Award, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 2018
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, September 2017-May 2018
- Brittingham Fund Award for Seminar Series in History and Politics, January 2015; renewed 2016 and 2017
- U.S. Holocaust Museum summer fellow for research workshop, August 2015
- History 120 – Europe and the Modern World, 1789 to the Present – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 201 – The Historian’s Craft: Democrats and Dictators in Spain and Italy. – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 201 – The Catholic Church and the World – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 223 – Explorations in European History: Wars of Religion in Europe since 1914 – Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
- History 223 – War, Race, and Religion in Modern European History – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 705 – Writing for the Academy and Beyond – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 710 – Writing for the Academy and Beyond – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 724 – The Politics of Persuasion: Soft Power in European and American International History – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 891 – States and Non-State Actors in European International History – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)