Victoria de Grazia

Victoria de Grazia

Research Interests


Spring 2021

  • The Idea of Europe (4 credits)
    HIST GU4380
  • Italy’s Material Culture, 1945-2015 (4 credits)
    The evolution of Made in Italy, drawing on cases from craft industry, fashion design, and consumer and life-style movements.

Fall 2020

  • Supervised Individual Research (0-4 credits)

    Modern European Studies (MEUS) GR6999

  • Directed Individual Reading (0-4 credits)
    HIST GR9001

    Prerequisites: the instructors and the departments permission. To register for G9001, students must request a section number from the departments graduate administrator.


Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, was educated at Smith College, University of Florence, and Columbia University where she received her Ph.D. in history with distinction in 1976. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1994, she taught at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie in contemporary history, with longstanding commitments to studying western Europe and Italy from a gendered perspective and to developing a global perspective on commercial revolutions. She is currently writing a book about intimacy and power in Fascist Italy.


  • PhD, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Smith College

Selected Publications


  • The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy 
    Harvard University Press (2020)
  • Irresistible Empire: America's Advance Through Twentieth Century Europe
    Harvard University Press (2006)
  • The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective
    Victoria de Grazia and Ellen Furlough, eds.
    University of California Press (1996)
  • How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922-1945
    University of California Press (1993)
  • The Culture of Consent: Mass Organization of Leisure in Fascist Italy
    Cambridge University Press (1981)