Dr Niamh Cullen
Lecturer, EVA Representative
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I am a historian of modern Italy. While my doctoral research examined the intellectual history of early fascist Italy, since then my work has been concerned with the social and cultural history of the post-1945 period. I focus in particular on the years of the ‘economic miracle’ (1957-63), in an effort to understand how ordinary lives can be shaped by such forces as migration, urbanisation and the rise of mass culture. My current project is a history of changing attitudes and experiences of love and marriage in Italy from 1945 to the 1970s, drawing on both gender history and the history of the emotions.
Before joining the department I was an Irish Research Council Marie Curie research fellow at University College Dublin where I also taught modern Italian and European history. I was also a visiting fellow at the University of Milan from 2011 to 2013.
My research and teaching interests are broadly in the history of modern Italy, the history of the emotions and gender history in the context of twentieth century Europe.