• Full Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Siena, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Sciences of Communication.
• Past Director of the Gabinetto Vieusseux in Florence (ancient reading room for foreign travellers in Florence, founded in 1819).
• Member of the Editorial Board of the review «Passato e presente. Rivista di storia contemporanea», published in Italy since 1982.
• Member of the Wissenschaftlicher Bereit della rivista «Comparativ», Leipzig Universität
• Vice-Director of the International Master in Human Rights, held at the University of Siena since 2002.
• the social history of nineteenth century Italy, especially regarding the demographic history of towns like Florence and Turin.
• the problem of urban poverty and the evolution of the welfare state in Italy and southern Europe.
• the problem of Shoah, from the point of view of the historical debate and the teaching experience
• the history of the Italian Communist Party after 1945
• the comparative international evolution of the contemporary journalism
• history and globalization
the comparative study of the processes of economic and cultural globalization at the end of the XIXth and XXth centuries
I was involved in international workshops (with the Cambridge group for the study of population and social structure led by Peter Laslett about historical demography) and partecipated at international meetings: I was invited on 1990 at the Primero Congreso de Historia Social de España as the representative of Italy (my paper about Genesis y desarrollo de la historia social en Italia was published in the proceedings of the congress: S.Castillo (a cura di), La Historia Social en España. Actualidad y perspectivas, Actas del I Congreso de la Asociación de Historia Social, Zaragoza, septiembre 1990, Madrid, Siglo XXI, 1991, pp.3-26.). On the same year I gave a paper about The poor and the life-cycle in nineteenth-century Florence 1813-1859 at the session C40 of the Xth International Economic History Confe¬rence in Louvain (Belgie) which was published in the volume XVIII (1993) of the english review «Social Hi¬story». I was invited in the Session TS07 of the XXth International Congress of Historical Sciences (Sidney, july 2005) with a paper about The Global System of International Migrations, 1900 and 2000: A Comparative Approach. A revised version of the paper has been published on the «Journal of Global History», 2006, 1, pp. 321-41. On November 2005 I gave a course about the same topic for graduate students at the Center for European Studies of Mount Scopus University in Jerusalem. On April 2010 I prepared a paper entitled Economic History and Development Economics: Working Connections, 1950-2000 for the European Social Science History Conference, Session «Economic Thought and Global History» (Ghent, 16 April 2010).
• lecture language: English
• I can understand spoken French and Spanish
• I can read written German.