About me

I am a lecturer in modern European history at Queen’s University Belfast and a social and cultural historian of modern Italy. I am particularly fascinated by the themes of social change, family, emotions, gender and sexuality. My latest book, Love, Honour and Jealousy: An Intimate History of the Italian Economic Miracle (Oxford, 2019) explores the connections between emotions, relationships and social change in Italy between the 1950s and the 1970s. An initial interest in the changing history of love led me to explore the darker nested emotion of jealousy, and in turn the history of honour crime in modern Italy.

My first book was on the anti-fascist editor and intellectual Piero Gobetti, entitled Piero Gobetti’s Turin: Modernity, myth and memory (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011).

I blog about my research and other broadly history related thoughts here.





2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Pingback: Moving On (Goodbye, UCD) | Ciara Meehan: Historian, Author, Researcher

  2. I found your blog because of my work on the Italian novelist Ferrante and think many academics, like her narrator Elena Greco, used education as a springboard to escape lack of opportunity at home. In fact, many came to the US.

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