I am a social and cultural historian of twentieth-century Europe with particular interests in Italy, policing, crime and militarization. I teach Italian history, and the history of crime, policing and punishment, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the recent past, my research has focused on the internal culture and worldviews of the Italian police under Mussolini’s regime and during the early years of the Republic. I am currently investigating representations of crime and ‘deviance’ to the public through the media and popular culture in fascist and Cold War Italy. I am also a participant in a collaborative research project on the militarization of Europe since 1945, which involves a multi-disciplinary international network of researchers. Within this project, I am researching the ‘cultural’ militarization of the police and internal security in post-war Italy. I am a founder member of the Research Group for the Study of Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory (CRAM), based in the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. I belong to the European Social Science History Criminal Justice Network. I am a member of the advisory board of the journal, Crime, Histoire et Sociétés/Crime, History and Societies, and of the editorial team of the Italian online journal Bibliomanie. Letterature, Storiografie, Semiotiche (bibliomanie.it).