About Diana

Assistant Professor of Italian, Mediterranean Studies
Department of Romance Languages
University of Oregon • Eugene, OR 97403 • dgarvin@uoregon.edu
Diana Garvin is a historian and commentator on daily life under Italian fascism — and the insights that this period can provide for current events. She is an Assistant Professor of Italian with a specialty in Mediterranean Studies at the University of Oregon and an affiliated faculty member at the UC Berkeley Center for Right Wing Studies. Garvin sits on the Editorial Board of the New Fascism Syllabus.

As the author of over twenty academic articles and essays, Garvin examines the early warning signs of dictatorial rule, as well as effective strategies for everyday resistance. Her Italian Studies publications bridge four historical arenas:

• Food and beverage (Annali d’italianistica, Food and Foodways)
• Architecture and design (Critical Inquiry, Design Issues)
• Reproductive health care (Signs, gender/sexuality/italy)
• Race and racism (Journal of Modern European History, Journal of Modern Italian History)

Garvin’s historical perspective on everyday life under Italian Fascism in Italy and Italian East Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia) has made her an expert source for radio, podcasts, and print journalism. Her research has been supported by Fulbright, Getty Library, Oxford University, Cornell University, University of Oregon, Wolfsonian-FIU, Julia Child Foundation, CLIR Mellon, FLAS, AAUW, NWSA, AFS, and other fellowships.

A 100-year old chocolate wrapper at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Florida sparked her interest in the politics of food. With her forthcoming book Feeding Fascism (University of Toronto Press), Garvin uses food as a lens to examine how women’s work to feed their families became politicized under the Italian dictatorship. Model kitchens and culinary propaganda reveal the national stakes of daily choices, and the fine line between resistance and consent.

Recent and Forthcoming Work


“Monopoli." New Capitalism in Mussolini's Italy. Panel in honor of Victoria De Grazia for the Society of Italian Historical Studies. American Historical Association Annual Convention. January 2022.

"Fascist Urbanism in Contemporary Eritrea” (virtual presentation). Transnational Italian Studies II: Transnational Spaces. American Association for Italian Studies. May 2021.


“Reproductive Healthcare from Fascism to Forza Nuova.” Forthcoming with Signs, Fall 2021.

“Militarizing Monopoly: Game Designs for Wartime.” Forthcoming with Design Issues, Summer 2021


Fulbright Global Scholar Award (2020-2022)

Getty Library Research Grant (2020-2021)

UO Presidential Fellow in Humanistic Studies (2019-2020)

OHC Wulf Professorship in the Humanities (2018-2019)

Rome Prize (2017-2018)

Wolfsonian-FIU Research Fellowship (2017)