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Research Interests

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.


Teaching Activity

At Aston University, Ilaria teaches a range of undergraduate modules including:

  • Global History in Perspective
  • History of Internationalism
  • History of Emotions


Professional/editorial offices

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 HistoryDiplomatic History, and Modern Italy.


Contact Details

Room: NW922b

Phone: 0121 204 3596

Email: i.scaglia@aston.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

External positions

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Research Output

The politics of internationalism rest on the intimacy of feelings

Scaglia, I., 26 Jun 2020, Psyche.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
  • Branding Internationalism: Displaying Art and International Cooperation in the Interwar Period.

    Scaglia, I., 31 Aug 2018, Nation Branding in Modern History. Viktorin, C., Gienow-Hecht, J. C. E., Estner, A. & Will, M. (eds.). Berghahn, p. 79-100

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Images from the 1935-1936 International Exhibition of Chinese Art in London

    Scaglia, I., 31 Aug 2018, Nation Branding in Modern History. Viktorin, C., Gienow-Hecht, J. C. E., Will, M. & Estner, A. (eds.). Berghahn, p. 266-273

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    The ‘Hydrologist’s Weapons’: Emotions and the Moral Economy of Internationalism, 1921–1952

    Scaglia, I., 20 Mar 2018, New Interdisciplinary Landscapes in Morality and Emotion. Silva, S. G. D. (ed.). Routledge, p. 140-152

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    Best Newcomer Aston Excellence Award

    Scaglia, Ilaria (Recipient), 12 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    “Pandemic Internationalism as Political Activism”

    Ilaria Scaglia (Speaker)

    26 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    “Launching Your First Book” with Paul A. Kramer (Vanderbilt University). I hosted the event and served as a moderator

    Ilaria Scaglia (Participant)

    20 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, seminar or course

    The Source and I: Archival Emotions (or Experiences?) in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1850-1950

    Ilaria Scaglia (Speaker)

    2 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Feeling Internationalism at the League of Nations and Beyond

    Ilaria Scaglia (Speaker)

    30 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    International Cooperation during a Pandemic

    Ilaria Scaglia


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Mussolini and the Royal Academy: A 90-year-old Controversy

    Ilaria Scaglia


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research