Angelo Matteo Caglioti

Angelo Matteo Caglioti

Research Interest


  • 2017: PhD, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley. Fields: Late Modern Europe and History of Science, Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • 2013: MA in History, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2011: Laurea Specialistica (MA) in Scienze Storiche at the University of Padova (Italy)
  • 2009: Laurea Triennale (BA) in History at the University of Padova (Italy)


Angelo Caglioti joined the Department of History at Barnard in 2020. His scholarly interests intersect environmental history, history of science, and late modern European history, with a particular focus on nineteenth and twentieth century Italy. In European history, his research and teaching deal with the history of European imperialism and Italian Fascism. In environmental history, his work is concerned with climate history and the history of the climate crisis, as well as with the management of water resources. In history of science, his research deals with the history of climate science and meteorology, eugenics and racial science, and the relationship between science and colonialism. 

Before joining Barnard, Angelo Caglioti received his PhD in History with a Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a M.A. from Berkeley and a Laurea Specialistica from the University of Padova (Italy). He has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a visiting Lecturer at UC Berkeley, a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (Munich, Germany), and a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. 

Angelo Caglioti is currently working on a book manuscript titled “The Climate of Fascism. Science, Environment, and Italian Colonialism (1860-1960)” that will reconstruct the environmental history of Italian colonialism in Libya and the Horn of Africa from the perspective of Italian colonial experts. He is particularly interested in the rise of Fascist imperialism in the twentieth century.


  • Late Modern European History (19th-20th century)
  • Italian Fascism
  • European Colonialism (focus: North and East Africa)
  • Environmental History
  • Climate History
  • History of Science
  • Racial Science and Eugenics
  • Weather and Climate Science