Angelo Caglioti

Assistant Professor of History




801 Milstein Center
801 Milstein Center / Office Hours: TBD


Angelo Caglioti joined the Department of History at Barnard in 2020. His scholarly interests intersect environmental history, history of science, and late modern European history, with a particular focus on nineteenth and twentieth century Italy. In European history, his research and teaching deal with the history of European imperialism and Italian Fascism. In environmental history, his work is concerned with climate history and the history of the climate crisis, as well as with the management of water resources. In history of science, his research deals with the history of climate science and meteorology, eugenics and racial science, and the relationship between science and colonialism. 

Before joining Barnard, Angelo Caglioti received his PhD in History with a Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a M.A. from Berkeley and a Laurea Specialistica from the University of Padova (Italy). He has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a visiting Lecturer at UC Berkeley, a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (Munich, Germany), and a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. 

Angelo Caglioti is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Climate of Fascism. Science, Environment, and Italian Colonialism (1860-1960)” that will reconstruct the environmental history of Italian colonialism in Libya and the Horn of Africa from the perspective of Italian colonial experts. He is particularly interested in the rise of Fascist imperialism in the twentieth century.


Academic Profile

  • 2017: PhD, Department of History, University of California, BerkeleyFields: Late Modern Europe and History of Science, Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • 2013: MA in History, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2011: Laurea Specialistica (MA) in Scienze Storiche at the University of Padova (Italy)
  • 2009: Laurea Triennale (BA) in History at the University of Padova (Italy)

  • Late Modern European History (19th-20th century)
  • Italian Fascism
  • European Colonialism (focus: North and East Africa)
  • Environmental History
  • Climate History
  • History of Science
  • Racial Science and Eugenics
  • Weather and Climate Science

  • Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, American Academy in Rome
  • Writing Fellowship, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society 
  • History of Science Fellowship, American Meteorological Society
  • History of Science Fellowship, American Geophysical Union   
  • Dissertation Fellowship, UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies        
  • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), Social Science Research Council
  • Research Grant, Center for the Comparative Study of Right Wing Movements at UC Berkeley             
  • Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies


Fall 2020:

  • Senior Thesis Seminar
  • Undergraduate Seminar "Science and Fascism. State and Expertise in Interwar Europe and the Two World Wars (1914-1945)

Spring 2021:

  • Lecture course: "Climate & History. Intersecting Science, Environment and Society" 


  • “Race, Statistics and Italian Eugenics: Alfredo Niceforo’s Trajectory from Lombroso to Fascism (1876-1960)” European History Quarterly, v. 47, n. 3 (2017), pp. 461-490, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0265691417707164.
  • “Eugenics as Social Observation: Anthropology, Statistics and the Pursuit of ‘Objectivity’ in Alfredo Niceforo’s Thought (1876-1960)” Popolazione e Storia, v. 17, n. 1 (2016), pp. 73-89.
  • “La Nazione Armata di Guglielmo Pepe” [The Idea of ‘Nation in Arms’ in Gugliemo Pepe’s Writings (1833-1847)] Clio 2 (2011), pp. 185-212.

Angelo M. Caglioti and Martin Mahony (eds.), “Special Issue: Relocating Meteorology” History of Meteorology 8 (2017) ) http://meteohistory.org/scholarship/history-of-meteorology/history-of-meteorology-volume-8-2017/


  • "Science and Fascism or Fascist Science?" Forthcoming
  • "Scienza e società fascista: il caso della meteorologia" in Giulia Albanese (ed.), Il fascismo italiano. Storia e interpretazioni, Carocci, Roma, 2021.
  • “Il primo cinema e l'identità nazionale italiana. Da La presa di Roma (1905) a Il piccolo garibaldino (1909)” [Early Italian Cinema and National Identity. From The Conquest of Rome (1905) to The Little Garibaldino Patriot (1909)] in Gian Piero Brunetta e Pellegrino Favuzzi (eds.), La via mélièsiana. Viaggio nella storia del cinema in quattordici tappe, Esedra, Padova 2010, pp. 9-31.


  • “Dario Gaggio, The Shaping of Tuscany. Landscape and Society between Tradition and Modernity, Cambridge University Press 2017” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 1 (2020, pp. 147-149) https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757214 .
  • “Vanessa Ogle, The Global Transformation of Time (1870-1950), Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2015Il Mestiere di Storico, 1 (2016), pp. 63-65.
  • “Jennifer Illuzzi, Gypsies in Germany and Italy (1861-1914), Palgrave MacMillan, New York 2014” Il Mestiere di Storico 1 (2015), p. 170.