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Home » Dr Luisa Morettin

Dean, Faculty of Politics and International Relations

Profile Summary

I have held teaching and research positions at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London, and the University of Reading. I was an external examiner at the London School of Economics, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Greenwich.

Qualification Awarding Body
PhD in Modern History University of Reading
MA in Bilingual Translation University of Westminster
BA in Languages, Literature and Modern History University of Padua
Professional Membership
Professional Body Membership Level
Royal Historical Society Member
International Association of Genocide Scholars Member
International Network of Genocide Scholars Member
Association for the Study of Modern Italy Member
Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

My research interests focus on modern European history, with an emphasis on the study of borderland and transboundary transition zones, the binary distinctions between the ‘us’ and ‘them’, political violence, the social and cultural history of WWII in Italy and in Europe, and war crimes.

Areas of teaching
  • Modern European History
  • Genocides
Conference Papers
  • ‘Redrawing the Map, Reconstructing Identity: Italo-Yugoslav Borderlands and Anti-Slavism in Italian Discourse during Fascism,’ part of the panel ‘Italian Borderlands: Restrictions, Breaches, Encounters’ at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute’s annual conference, Queens College, City University of New York, New York, (24-25 April 2020). To be rescheduled due to Covid-19.
  • ‘Fascist Violence in Venezia Giulia: the Role of the Press,’ part of the panel ‘Fascism and Violence in Italy: New Approaches,’ at the American Association of Italian Studies conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, (26-28 March 2020). To be rescheduled due to Covid-19.
  • ‘Constructing a Personal Identity after the Julian-Dalmatian Exodus. The case of Anna Maria Mori,’ part of the panel ‘The We in I: Self-Representations and their Communities’ organized by the University of Berkeley, California, at the NeMLA conference, Boston University, (5-8 March 2020).
  • ‘Visioni infernali. Rappresentazione delle foibe nella letteratura di frontiera,’ at International Conference Visioni d’Istria, Fiume, Dalmazia nella letteratura italiana, organised by the Universities of Milan and Trieste, Trieste, (7-8 November 2019).
  • ‘The Geography of Wartime Otherness: World War II in Venezia Giulia and Trieste,’ Annual Conference organised by CAIS Canadian Association for Italian Studies, Orvieto, (13-16 June 2019).


  • A Blood Border. Trieste Between Mussolini and Tito, (New York: Nova Publishers, 2019), ISBN: 978-1-53615-756-7.
  • Anatomia di un eccidio. La tragedia delle foibe nei documenti Alleati, (Treviso: Alcione, 2013), ISBN 9788888669434.


  • ‘Visioni infernali. Rappresentazione delle foibe nella letteratura di frontiera,’ Atti del Congresso Visioni d’Istria, Fiume, Dalmazia nella letteratura italiana. Forthcoming.


  • ‘Il caso Pasquinelli tra mito e realtà,’ in Rivista di Studi Adriatici, n. 28, II Semester, July-Dec 2013, pp. 55-72.
  • ‘Trattati come schiavi,’ in Rivista di Studi Adriatici, n. 27, I Semester, Jan-June 2013, pp. 111-118.
  • ‘Venezia Giulia: l’età della paura,’ Part 2, in Difesa Adriatica, XVII, February 2011.
  • ‘Venezia Giulia: l’età della paura,’ Part 1, in Difesa Adriatica, XVII, January 2011.


  • Baycroft T., Hewitson M., What is a Nation? Europe 1789-1914, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006. In Rivista di Studi Adriatici, n. 30, II Semester, July-Dec. 2014, pp. 87-89.
  • Duggan, C., Fascist Voices. An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy. London, The Bodley Head, 2012. In Italian Culture. The Journal of the American Association for Italian Studies, Vol. XXXII No. 2, September 2014, pp. 141-143.
  • Carlson, Julie A., Weber, E. Speaking about Torture. New York, Fordham University Press, 2012. In Annali d’italianistica, Volume 31, Autumn 2013, pp. 687-689.
  • Cohen, J. H., Sirkeci, I. Cultures of Migration. The Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility. Austin, University of Texas Press, 2011. In Migration Letters, Volume 10, No 3, September 2013, pp. 402-404.
  • Carter, Nick., Modern Italy in Historical Perspective. London, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2010. In Australian Journal for Politics and History, Volume 59, Number 1, March 2013, pp. 151-152.
  • Bonnell, Andrew G., An American Witness in Nazi Frankfurt: The Diaries of Robert W. Heingartner, 1928-1937. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 2011. In Australian Journal for Politics and History, Volume 58, Number 3, September 2012, pp. 472-473.