Sabina Donati

Sabina Donati (Rome 1972) is Research Associate of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, Switzerland. Her book A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950 (Stanford University Press) was a finalist in the 2014 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, sponsored by the Western Association of Women Historians.

She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in European Studies (French and Politics) (First Class) from the University of London Queen Mary and Westfield College, UK, and then completed a Master and a Doctorate in International Relations (International History and Politics) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI) and the Université de Genève, Switzerland.

She has taught the module “Nineteenth-Century Europe and the World” in the Department of History and Humanities of John Cabot University in Rome; previously taught several courses in Modern European History and Research Methodologies at Webster University Geneva, and worked as a Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant in the International History and Politics Department of IUHEI.

Her research interests focus on: European history; Italian history; Citizenship, nationality and identity issues; Migration, asylum, and statelessness; Colonialism and expansionism. She is a past recipient of a Jeunes Chercheurs grant from the Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique. She is currently finalizing a forthcoming article on the history of Italian citizenship in the imperial context and working on the Italian edition of her Stanford book.

 

Selected Publications

Book
A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.

[Finalist in the 2014 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, sponsored by the Western Association of Women Historians, USA]

Peer-reviewed journal articles

“Cittadinanza, sudditanza e nazionalità in contesto imperiale: Riflessioni sul caso italiano tra guerra e dopoguerra, 1914-1925.” In preparation

“Italy’s Informal Imperialism in Tianjin during the Liberal Epoch, 1902-1922.” The Historical Journal 59, n. 2 (2016): 447-468.

“Gender, Empire and Citizenship Issues: A Survey of Research Paths and Scholarly Debates on the Italian Case Study in Comparative Perspective.” Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 26, n. 6 (2016): 89-105.

Contributions in edited volumes

“Citizenship and Identity Issues in the Italian Concession of Tientsin (1902-1922).” In Ideas and Identities: A Festschrift for Andre Liebich. Edited by Jaci Eisenberg and Davide Rodogno, 43-62. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014.

“Separatist Nationalism in Contemporary Nation-States.” In Identity and Conflict. Edited by Alexandre Vautravers and Eugene James, 46-59. Geneva: Webster University, 2008.

Archival guide to historical sources

“Guida alle fonti militari conservate presso l’Archivio della Società delle Nazioni di Ginevra.” Bollettino dell’Archivio dell’Ufficio Storico 7/8 (2004): 17-42.

Book reviews

“Review of Il papa non deve parlare. Chiesa, fascismo e guerra d’Etiopia, by Lucia Ceci.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 17, n. 5 (2012): 665-666.

“Review of Gli ebrei in Albania sotto il fascismo. Una storia da ricostruire, by Laura Brazzo and Michele Sarfatti, eds.” Il mestiere di storico: Rivista della Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea 2 (2011): 191.

“Review of Italian National Identity in the Scramble for Africa: Italy’s African Wars in the Era of Nation-Building, 1870-1900, by Giuseppe Maria Finaldi.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 16, n. 2 (2011): 296-297.

“Review of Mussolini’s Greek Island: Fascism and the Italian Occupation of Syros in World War II, by Sheila Lecoeur.” European History Quarterly 41, n. 1 (2011): 140-141.

“Review of Italian Colonialism: Legacy and Memory, by Jacqueline Andall and Derek Duncan, eds.” European History Quarterly 39, n. 2 (2009): 312-313.

“Review of Italian Colonialism, by Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Mia Fuller, eds.” European History Quarterly 37, n. 3 (2007): 463-465.

Other publications

“Switzerland and the Facilitated Naturalization of ‘Third-Generation Foreigners’.” Papiers d’actualité /Current Affairs in Perspective, Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’histoire du temps présent n. 1 (January 2018): 1-8.

“The Confiscation of Our Co-Citizens’ Passports within the ISIS Context: Reflections on the State’s Passport Regime, Past and Present.” Papiers d’actualité /Current Affairs in Perspective, Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’histoire du temps présent n. 3 (March 2016): 1-7.

“‘La Ligue Nord pour l’indépendance de la Padanie:’ Entre séparatisme et fédéralisme.” Revue militaire suisse (October 2010): 56-60.

“Citizenship, Statelessness, and Human Rights.” The Sylff Newsletter n. 19 (September 2007): 9-11.

CV

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