Dr. Gilberto Mazzoli

Assistant Professor (wiss. Mitarbeiter) of American Studies, Prof. Müller

Room: G 505
Phone: +49 7531 88 4508
E-Mail: gilberto.mazzoli@uni-konstanz.de

Short Bio

Gilberto Mazzoli holds a PhD in Modern History from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His dissertation, titled “Portable Natures. Environmental Visions, Urban Practices, Migratory Flows. Agriculture and the Italian Experience in North American Cities. 1880-1940”, explored the Italian migration to the US through the lens of environmental history, with a focus on urban agriculture in its manifold aspects: gardening as a resilient migrants’ practice and its relationship with the US urban spaces, and gardening as a tool used by diplomats and authorities to manage migratory flows. He is member of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and founding member of the SISAM (Italian Society for the Environmental History). He is part of the web and communication committee of both societies. He has been visiting fellow at the European Institute of the Columbia University, NYC, in 2019, and PhD Fellow at the IEG Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz, in 2022. In 2021, his PhD dissertation was awarded the IASA Memorial Fellowship for the best dissertation project on the Italian Diaspora, by the Italian American Studies Association (IASA).

Research Interests

  • Environmental History
  • Modern Italian History
  • Migration History
  • Urban History
  • North American History
  • History of Knowledge

Recent Publications

Mazzoli, G. (in peer review) - Climates of Migration: science, race, and agricultural diplomacies between Italy and the United States (1880-1912) in History of Intellectual Culture. International Yearbook of Knowledge and Society, 3/2024.

Mazzoli, G. (2021) - Italianness in the United States between migrants’ informal gardening practices and agricultural diplomacy (1880–1912) in Modern Italy, 26(2), 199-215, Volume 26Special Issue 2 - May 2021: Environment and Italianness: Socio-natures on the Move 



Mazzoli, G.; Valisena, D. (2020) - Migrant Ecologies In The Press: Chicago Italians And The Tribune in JAmIt! Journal of American Studies in Italy (ISSN: 2612-5641), n° 3, May 2020.



De Majo, C.; Mazzoli, G. (2020) - An Introduction to Environmental Hazards and Migrations in JAmit! Journal of American Studies in Italy (ISSN: 2612-5641), n° 3, May 2020.



Mazzoli, G. (2017) - Urban Horticulture in Modena, Italy. 1980-2015, in Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia (ISSN: 2199-3408) Arcadia Summer 2017, n° 11.