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Fascism’s Mediterranean Empire: Identity and Rule in the Greek Islands, 1912-47

(expected completion in 2017)

Little discussed in studies of European empire, Fascist rule of the Dodecanese islands in the Southeast Aegean illustrates how discourses of Italian empire revived regional, Mediterranean identities. Drawing on a rich array of documents – from travel literature and architecture to photography, documentary film and diplomatic sources –the book investigates Italy’s state-building and citizenship projects to show how these produced a discourse of ‘Mediterranean-nism’. While most studies of Italian empire dwell on resettlement projects in east Africa, this book places the Mediterranean at the center of this history to reveal Rhodes and other thirteen Dodecanese islands as pivots for the circulation of mobile labor between Greece, the Levant and Africa, and laboratories for the formulation of Italian colonial identities in the Mediterranean.



“Crimes of Diction: Language and National Belonging in the Fiction of Amara Lakhous” The Journal of Romance Studies (15:2), 2015.

This study of the use of language in the fiction of Algerian-born writer, Amara Lakhous, in his two popular novels set in Rome, Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator at Piazza Vittorio (2008) andDivorce, Islamic Style (2012), argues that the author adopts a structure that displaces a single authored text and that suggests an authorship that is plurivoce, or plural-voiced, and therefore able to overturn the marginalization of migrant voices. The article investigates the author’s foregrounding of linguistic practices – including voice, diction, and ethnic labelling – and engages with Italy’s history of regional, national, and transnational identities to illustrate the ways that the novel satirizes the tenuous link between language and national belonging in Italy.


Working Paper:

Una faccia, una razza: Citizenship and Culture of Fascist Empire in the Dodecanese Islands”

How did Italy imagine its ‘Greek’ occupied territories of the inter-war period? This paper takes the Dodecanese Islands as its privileged site for discovering the Fascist regime’s attitudes toward its non-African but, nonetheless, colonially occupied subjects of the Mediterranean. This article examines the creation of a special form of citizenship, cittadinanza egea italiana, as a political instrument to encourage imperial loyalty and to manage ethnic differences with the occupied, and retraces how the Italian state initiated a project of cultural, but also ethnic, transformation in the islands.


Book Chapters:

“From Ottoman to Mediterranean Empire: Italian Colonial Rule in the Dodecanese Islands and the Second Treaty of Lausanne” in War and Collapse: World War One and the Ottoman State, Hakan Yafuz and Feroz Ahmad, eds (University of Utah Press, 2015).

This chapter describes the transition in the Dodecanese islands from the collapse of an Ottoman state to a new Italian imperial project under the Fascist state. The intervention contributes to a broader re-thinking of how post-Ottoman spaces were often not as ‘national’ as has traditionally been claimed, but often re-produced aspects of the former Ottoman state as European empires expanded their mandates in the aftermath of the First World War.


“Arcadian Histories: Italian Encounters in the Eastern Mediterranean” in New Perspectives in Italian Studies (Vol. I), Graziella Parati, ed. (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2012), pp. 231-256.

This chapter describes how travel encounters by Italian tourists to the island of Rhodes and other Dodecanese islands during the interwar period shaped a nascent discourse of Mediterranean-ism to support Italy’s broader expansion projects under the aegis of Mussolini’s commitment to empire.


Edited Book:

Power and Image in Early Modern Europe

Co-edited with Jessica Goethals and Gaoheng Zhang

Do images and spectacles mediate power relationships? This book draws upon the language of cultural studies to investigate a contemporary hypothesis in the shifting ideological landscape of early modern Europe. Apparently aesthetic choices by artists may also have been the means to consolidate and subvert institutionalized or non-institutionalized bodies of power. Meanwhile, communities in Europe reacted to the intrinsic power of the image in literature and letters, commenting upon both its use and abuse.


Book Review:

Bruce Strang ed., Collision of Empires: Italy’s Invasion of Ethiopia and its International Impact (Burlington: Ahsgate, 2013) in The Journal of Modern Italian Studies (20:5), 2015.