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Alessio Ponzio PhD, Università Roma Tre and PhD, University of Michigan

Assistant Professor, Modern European History and History of Gender and Sexuality

Faculty Member in History

Office
Arts 609

Research Area(s)

  • Modern European History
  • Italian History
  • History of Sexuality
  • Queer History
  • Transnational History
  • History of Fascism
  • History of Youth

Publications

BOOKS:

-       Shaping the “New Man”. Totalitarian Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015 (paperback July 2017)

-       La Palestra del Littorio. L’Accademia della Farnesina: un esperimento di pedagogia totalitaria nell’Italia fascista (The Gym of the Lictor. The Farnesina Academy: An Experiment in Totalitarian Pedagogy in Fascist Italy), Milano: Franco Angeli, 2009

ARTICLES AND ESSAYS PUBLISHED IN BOOKS:

-       “The Lavorini Case: the Mediatic Confection of the Queer Ogres and the Queer Counterattack,” in Queer Italian Media Edited Collection (Bloomington: Lexington University Press, 2019, forthcoming) 

-       "La prostituzione uomo-uomo attraverso alcuni esempi letterari degli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta," in La prostituzione nell'Italia contemporanea, Annalisa Cegna, Natascia Mattucci, Alessio Ponzio ed. (Macerata: eum edizioni, 2019)

-       “Le ‘Orvietine’. L’Accademia femminile fascista di educazione fisica,” (The ‘Orvietine’. The Fascist Female Academy of Physical Education), Donna e Sport (Women and Sport), edited by Maria Canella and Sergio Giuntini (Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2019)

-       “Becoming We: A Theorization of the Fascist Gymnastic Displays,” Gender and Generations. Selected Papers of the Annual ISCH Conference, Trieste 2016, edited by Gabriella Valera (Chronica Mundi, 2018)

-       “Sport fascista e sport cattolico durante il Ventennio” (“Fascist and Catholic Sport During the Fascist Dictatorship”), Gedda e lo sport (Gedda and Sport), edited by Ernesto Preziosi, Molfetta: La Meridiana, 2011, 29-42

-        Volare necesse est. The Young Italian Fascists and the Conquest of the Sky,” European Studies in Sports Historyvol. 3, 2011

-       “La formazione degli insegnanti di educazione fisica nel ventennio fascista” (“The Training for the Teachers of Physical Education during the Fascist Dictatorship”), Lancillotto e Nausicaa, November 2009, 36-47

-       Die Führerschaftsausbildung in der Hitlerjugend und in den Italienischen Jugendorganisationen (The Education of the Instructors and Leaders of the Hitler Youth and of the Italian Fascist Youth Organizations”), Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 1 (2009), 489-511

-       L’Accademia della Farnesina: un esperimento di pedagogia totalitaria nell’Italia fascista (1927-1943) (The Farnesina Academy: An Experiment in Totalitarian Pedagogy in Fascist Italy, 1927-1943), Mondo contemporaneo 1 (2008), 35-66

-       “A Forgotten Story: The Training for the Teachers of Physical Education in Italy during the Fascist Period”, Sport in Society 1 (2008), 44-58

-       “Corpo e anima: sport e modello virile nella formazione dei giovani fascisti e dei giovani cattolici nell’Italia degli anni Trenta (1931-1938)”, (“Body and Soul: Sport and Manly Model in the Education of Young Fascists and Young Catholics in Italy during the Thirties”),Mondo contemporaneo 3 (2005), 51-104

REVIEWS:

-       Eden K. McLean, Mussolini’s Children. Race and Elementary Education in Fascist Italy, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (2018, approved for publication)

-       Benjamin G. Martin, Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture, American Historical Review (February 2018), 314-315

-       Il colore della nazione, Gaia Giuliani, edited by Gaia Giuliani, Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2017) 22, 1, 113-115

-       John Champagne, Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy, gender/sexuality/italy (2015), 2

-       Luigi Reale, Mussolini’s Concentration Camps for Civilians. An Insight into the Nature of Fascist Racism, Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2012), 17, 2

-       L’Impero fascista. Italia ed Etiopia (1935-1941), ed. Riccardo Bottoni, Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2011), 16, 3

-       Malte König, Kooperation als Machtkampf: Das faschistische Achsenbündnis Berlin-Rom im Krieg 1940/41, in Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 1 (2009)

-       Roger James Bender, Postcards of Hitler’s Germany: Postal Stationery/Printed to Private Order/Propaganda, in Mondo contemporaneo 5 (2006)


Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • Ponzio, A. "‘What they had between their legs was a form of cash.’ Homosexuality, Male Prostitution and Intergenerational Sex in 1950s Italy". Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 46, 1 (2020): 62-78.

Teaching & Supervision

History 234

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 1969 - Course Development - Fascisms in History
  • 1969 - Course Development - Visions of Empire: Architecture and Power in Ancient Rome and Fascist Italy
  • 2019 - Hist234: Europe 1870 – 1939: War, Politics, and Culture in Modern Mass Society
  • 2020 - Hist235: Europe Since 1939: From the Second World War to the Creation of the European Union and Beyond
  • 2020 - Hist434: Fascism, Gender, and Sexuality
  • 2020 - Hist234: Europe 1870 – 1939: War, Politics, and Culture in Modern Mass Society
  • 2020 - Hist135: History Matters: Gender, Sex and Society. History of Sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe
  • 2021 - Hist235: Europe Since 1939: From the Second World War to the Creation of the European Union and Beyond
  • 2021 - Hist388: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century
  • 2021 - Hist420: Modern European Queer History

Research

By analyzing popular magazines and newspapers, fictional accounts, personal letters, and police files, my research explores experiences and discourses produced around male prostitution and homosexuality in post-Fascist Italy. Male prostitution, I claim, provides a lens for the historical analysis of homosexualities and anti-homosexual anxieties between the end of WWII and the foundation of the Italian gay liberation movement in the 1970s.

Education & Training

2019- Ph.D., History and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2005- Ph.D., History and Political Sciences, Università Roma Tre, Rome (Italy)
2001- B.A., Università Roma Tre, Rome (Italy), summa cum laude, Political Sciences and History