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Brian J Griffith 

Brian J Griffith is the inaugural Eugen and Jacqueline Weber Post-Doctoral Scholar in European History at University of California, Los Angeles. His interests include modern Europe, modern Italy, fascism, consumerism, (trans)national identities, and the digital humanities. In addition to a variety of other ongoing or planned research projects, including an annotated sourcebook on the collected writings of an Italian volunteer in the International Brigades and a digital exhibition on a collection of neo-fascist propaganda posters from contemporary Rome, Griffith is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cultivating Fascism: Wine and Politics in Mussolini’s Italy which explores the relationship between viti-viniculture, fascism, and national identity in interwar Italy. To learn more, please visit: http://www.brianjgriffith.com.


Jackson Smith

Dr. Jackson Smith completed his Ph.D. in American Studies at New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. His research on race, policing, and property in Philadelphia was supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. As a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and the Department of History at UCLA, he is working to complete his book manuscript. His work traces the history of vice policing in Black Philadelphia from Prohibition to the contemporary War on Drugs, drawing from interdisciplinary urban studies scholarship, critical prison studies, and socio-legal perspectives on policing and punishment. To learn more, please visit: http://jacksonsmith.info/