Robert Christl


Advisors: Mary Lou Roberts, Laird Boswell, and Giuliana Chamedes

Robert Christl


I am a student of Modern European history, with a focus on the history of anarchism. My research analyzes the intellectual trajectories of union activists with ties to the National Confederation of Labor (CNT) in Spain and who made the transition to government actors during the Spanish Revolution and Civil War (1936-1939). I show how anarchist labor activists turned policymakers, and the policies they attempted to implement through the state and CNT unions during the war, were part of a broader rethinking of democratic norms and political economy during the Interwar period that transcended ideologies. I am also interested in the study of the radical left and right in Europe, intellectuals, labor movements, revolutions, and gender.


M.A., University of Alabama, History, 2015
B.A., University of Alabama, History and Political Science, 2013


  • European History

MA Title

  • “Anarchist in the State: A Re-conceptualization of Federica Montseny’s Collaboration”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Organizing Anarchy: Spanish Anarchist Intellectuals and the Struggle for Interwar Industrial Democracy, 1918-1939”


  • Early Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017 (Awarded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department.)
  • Davis-Gerstein Pre-dissertator Summer Research Scholarship, 2016 (Awarded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department.)
  • Albert Burton Moore Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Work in History, 2014 (Awarded by the University of Alabama History Department)
  • National Alumni Association License Tag Graduate Fellowship, 2013 (Awarded by the University of Alabama)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 120 – Europe and the Modern World since 1789
  • History 350 – The First World War
  • History 357 – The Second World War