Victoria de Grazia

Moore Collegiate Professor of History

Columbia University

Before she became a professor at Columbia University in 1993, Victoria de Grazia taught at Lehman College of the City of New York (1974-76) and at Rutgers University (1976-1993). As the project director at the Rutgers Center for Analysis in 1991-1993, she directed a study of "Consumer cultures in historical perspective," the results of which were published in The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective (1996). Her book, How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1920-1945 (1992), won the Joan Kelly Prize of the American Historical Association for 1992 and the Premio Acquistoria citation for 1994. In 2000 she began work, with the Italian historian Sergio Luzzatto, on the Dizionario del Fascismo, which was published in 2002-2003. These two volumes compile 660 entries by 180 scholars on Italy under Mussolini's regime. Her book, Irresistible Empire (2005), grew out of her longstanding curiosity about how Europeans have contended with the U.S.'s rising hegemony in the twentieth century. It is the outcome of long periods of research in U.S. and European archives, and was completed with support from a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute.

A member of the founding collective of the Radical History Review, Professor de Grazia has served on the board of editors of numerous journals including the Journal of Modern History, Geneses, Contemporary European History, and the Journal of Consumer Culture. From 1997 to 2002, she was the National Chair of the Council for European Studies. She has also taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and various other European universities, as well as lecturing in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, and Europe. She has also taught at the European Union's graduate faculty, and the European University Institute at Fiesole, Italy.