Federico PAOLINI (Founder, Coordinator)

Federico Paolini is ricercatore confermato and professore aggregato in Contemporary History at Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. His research interests focus on global history, mass consumption history, social history, environmental history and labor history. He is a member of Association for East Asian Environmental History. He is member of World Environment Editorial Board.

Anna DELL’AQUILA (Web Site Editor and Secretary)

Anna Dell’Aquila graduated in Contemporary History at the Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali (Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage) of the Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. She is the author of the book Caserta 1945-1974. Una storia urbana e ambientale (2013) [Caserta 1945-1974. An Urban and Environmental History].


Francesco CASSATA

Francesco Cassata is Associate Professor in Contemporary History at Department of Antiquities, Philosophy, History of the University of Genoa. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies. He is member of the International Working Group on the History of Eugenics and Race (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford) and of the International Network on the History of Lysenkoism (Columbia University, New York). His research interests focus on the history of relations between science and politics in the twentieth century; history of racism and anti-Semitism in Italy; eugenics history; history of statistics; history of biology and medicine in contemporary times; history of scientific research policies in Italy and Europe.

Francesca CASTANO’

Francesca Castanò is Architect and Associate Professor of History of Architecture at the Department of Civil Engineering, Design, Construction and Environment of the Second University of Naples. Her teaching activity is on History of the Industrial Design and of the Architectural Techniques. Previously she has received an Architecture degree from the University of Naples “Federico II” (1995) and she has got her PhD at Naples Second University (1999).  She partecipated to national and international conferences and research groups with papers and articles on the history of the architecture with particular connection to the history of the Industrial Heritage from the modern age to today. Actually is editor of the journal “AIPAI. Patrimonio industriale”.


Augusto Ciuffetti is ricercatore confermato and professore aggregato in Economic History at Department of Economic and Social Sciences of the Università Politecnica delle Marche. He is co-editor of the journal “AIPAI. Patrimonio industriale”.


John T. Cumbler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1974. His fields of specialization are United States Environmental History and Economic History. The most recent of his books is Cape Cod. An Environmental History of A Fragile Ecosystem (2014). In 2002 UofL recognized him with its Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2008 he was the John Adams’ Distinguished Fulbright Professor in the Netherlands.

Shen HOU

Dr. Shen Hou is an associate professor in the History Department of Renmin University (RUC), Beijing, China, and the deputy director of the Center for Ecological History, RUC. She worked with Prof. Donald Worster and received her Ph.D. in American history from University of Kansas in May, 2008. Before she went to study in the U.S., she received an M.A. in ancient Chinese history from Central China Normal University, 2001, and B.A. in history from CCNU, 1999. After graduation, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Tsinghua University, Beijing, from 2008 to 2010. She is currently a Carson fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich. Her book, The City Natural: Garden and Forest Magazine and the Rise of American Environmentalism, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. Dr. Shen Hou has published more than a dozen articles and translations on environmental history in Chinese and English.

Michael Shiyung LIU

Michael S. Liu is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. He received Ph.D degree from University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and was a visiting scholar at several universities in Japan, Us and Europe. He is awarded to Chun-chiu lectureship (Oregon State University), Erasmus Mundus Scholar and Senior Research Fellow (Ohio State University). He is author of books Prescribing Colonization (2009) and Katana and Lancet (2012). His currently research interests are environmental history, Japanese colonial medicine, and modern history of public health.


Alberto Malfitano is researcher in Contemporary History at the Department of Science of Well-being at the University of Bologna. His main research interests include environmental history, history of the Risorgimento, history of journalism.


Chad Montrie grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned his Ph.D in 2001 from Ohio State University, concentrating on U.S labor and environmental history. He is currently a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches various courses, including American Environmental History. He also has published three books, including A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States (Continuum, 2011). He is currently working on two new books, How Silent Spring Does Not Explain Environmentalism, part of an ongoing effort to rethink the origins of the American environmental movement, as well as Whiteness in Plain View, examining the history of racial exclusion in Minnesota towns and suburbs during the twentieth century. He lives in Lawrence, Massachusetts.


Massimo Moraglio is an historian focusing on mobility and its wide effects on political, social and cultural fields, in particular investigating infrastructure and transport technologies in contemporary environment. Currently he is researcher at the Technische Universitat Berlin.

Armando PEPE

Armando Pepe is an independent researcher of local history (modern and contemporary). Among his publications are:  San Gregorio Matese dall’età liberale al fascismo: 1912-1926, Edizioni Simple, Macerata 2015; Il carteggio tra Giuseppe Toniolo e don Giacomo Vitale, Youcanprint, Tricase 2016;  Relazione del Vescovo Luigi Ermini sulla diocesi di Caiazzo nel 1921, Youcanprint, Tricase 2016; L impianto idroelettrico del Matese, Piedimonte Matese 2016.

Christopher WELLS

Christopher Wells is Associated Professor of Environmental Studies/ Environmental History at Macalester College. Professor Wells research and teaching focus on the ways that technology and especially technological systems have reshaped the American environment, mediating and structuring people relationships with the natural world. His book, Car Country: An Environmental History (2012), focuses on the proliferation of car-dependent landscapes in the United States before 1956. His current projects include a co-edited volume on Minnesota’s environmental history (with George Vrtis, Carleton College), and a history of the idea of cobuilding with nature in American domestic architecture.

Tao XU

Tao Xu is Assistant Professor at Institute of History, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He earned his Ph.D in 2012 from East China Normal University concentrating on the history of bicycle in Modern China.


Bruno Ziglioli (Ph.D. in Contemporary History) is Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia, where he teaches History of Political Movements and Parties. His research interests lie in the environmental history, the history of antifascism and the history of the Italian Republic. He is the author of La mina vagante. Il disastro di Seveso e la solidarietà nazionale (Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2010) and of “Sembrava nevicasse”. La Eternit di Casale Monferrato e la Fibronit di Broni: due comunità di fronte all’amianto (Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2016).