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Dr Fabio Simonetti
Lecturer in European Politics and History


I am an historian specialising in Italian and European Modern History, transnational and gendered encounters in conflict zones, occupation studies, and Second World War Anglo-Italian relations.

I joined Brunel University London after completing my PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Reading, where I also taught Italian and European History modules from 2019 to 2022. My PhD project, entitled ‘Encounters in Wartime Italy: British Soldiers and Italian Civilians, 1943-1944’, was an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums (IWM). My interdisciplinary project aimed at reframing the social relationship between occupiers and occupied in Allied-occupied Italy by exploring war as a means of human interconnection.


  • PhD in Italian Studies – University of Reading (2021)
  • MA in Modern and Contemporary History – Università di Roma 'Sapienza'
  • BA in Modern and Contemporary History – Università di Roma 'Sapienza'