Silvana Patriarca

Professor of History

Fordham University

Silvana Patriarca specializes in the history of modern Italy with an emphasis on socio-cultural approaches and a research interest in the making of modern ideologies and types of knowledge. She has written in particular on issues related to the history of industrialization and socio-demographic change in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries, the politics and epistemology of statistics in connection with the making of the modern nation state, the production of social categories, gender, nationalism and the construction of national identities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Patriarca is currently exploring the interaction between ideas of nation and “race” and working on a book on the history of racism in post-1945 Italy. She has also undertaken a study of political emotions in modern Italy with a particular focus on the political uses of shame.