Ilaria studied at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice and at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned her Ph.D. in History. She joined Aston as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Modern History in May 2018. Before this, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University, USA (2013-2018) and a Volkswagen-Mellon post-doctoral research fellow in Germany (Free University Berlin) and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre “History of Emotions” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (2016–17).
Ilaria’s main fields of interest include the history of internationalism and the history of emotions. She has recently published a monograph: The Emotions of Internationalism: Feeling International Cooperation in the Alps in the Interwar Period. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).
Her previous publications dealt with the interplay of art and performative politics, nation branding and international cooperation, and the moral economy of internationalism.
She is now working on new project, a transnational history of the emotions of historical research, which focuses on how technology—and the practice of reproducing documents—changed the archival experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
At Aston University, Ilaria teaches a range of undergraduate modules including:
Global History in Perspective
History of Internationalism
History of Emotions
Ilaria is an active committee member in the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) and in the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). She is also a manuscript reviewer for Routledge, Contemporary European History, Diplomatic History, and Modern Italy.