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Rosario Forlenza

Rosario Forlenza
Assistant Professor (Research)


Rosario Forlenza specializes in the history of modern Europe and Italy in its global implications. He focuses particularly on democracy and democratization, religion and politics, authoritarianism, revolution, nationalism, the politics of memory, political anthropology, the Cold War, and cinema.

Rosario has written On the Edge of Democracy: Italy, 1943-1948 (Oxford 2019), Italian Modernities: Competing Narratives of Nationhood (co-authored with Bjørn Thomassen, New York, 2016), and over thirty peer-reviewed articles and chapters, most notably in Past & PresentContemporary European HistoryHistory Workshop JournalJournal of Cold War StudiesJournal of Modern Italian StudiesModern Italy, and Journal of Political Ideologies.

 Before joining the LUISS faculty, Rosario has worked at the University of Cambridge, Princeton University, the University of Padova, Columbia University, and New York University, and has held fellowships and visiting positions at the Australian Catholic University, the University of Oslo, and Potsdam University.

Pubblicazioni principali (ultimi 10 anni)

  • Forlenza, R; Luccarelli, M; Colatrella, S edited by (2020). Bringing the Nation Back In: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and the Struggle to Define a New Politics. SUNY Press (State University of New York Press), p. 1-196. ISBN: 978-1-4384-7773-2.
  • Forlenza, Rosario (2020). In Search of Order: Portrayal of Communists in Cold War Italy. JOURNAL OF COLD WAR STUDIES, p. 94-132. ISSN 1531-3298.
  • Forlenza, R (2019). On the Edge of Democracy: Italy, 1943-1948. Oxford University Press, p. 1-272. ISBN: 9780198817444.
  • Forlenza, R.; Turner, B. S. (2019). Das Abendland: The politics of Europe’s religious borders. CRITICAL RESEARCH ON RELIGION, p. 6-23. ISSN 2050-3032.
  • Forlenza, Rosario (2019). New Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Catholicism. CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN HISTORY, p. 581-595. ISSN 0960-7773.
  • Forlenza, R (2018). Magic, religion, and the South: Notes on Ernesto De Martino. JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL PRACTICE, p. 137-155. ISSN 2056-6093.
  • Forlenza, R (2017). The Politics of the Abendland: Christian Democracy and the Idea of Europe After the Second World War. CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN HISTORY, p. 261-286. ISSN 0960-7773.
  • Forlenza, R (2017). The Enemy Within: Catholic Anti-Communism in Cold War Italy. PAST & PRESENT, p. 207-242. ISSN 1477-464X.
  • Forlenza, R; Thomassen, B (2016). Christianity and political thought: Augusto Del Noce and the ideology of Christian Democracy in post-war Italy. JOURNAL OF POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES, p. 181-199. ISSN 1469-9613.
  • Forlenza, R; Thomassen, B (2016). ITALIAN MODERNITIES: COMPETING NARRATIVES OF NATIONHOOD. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-296. ISBN: 978-1-137-50155-4.
  • Forlenza, Rosario; Thomassen, Bjørn (2016). Decoding Donald Trump: The Triumph of Trickster Politics. Public Seminar,
  • Forlenza, R; Thomassen, B (2016). Catholic Modernity and the Italian Constitution. HISTORY WORKSHOP JOURNAL, p. 231-251. ISSN 1363-3554.
  • Forlenza, R; Turner, B (2016). The Last Frontier: the struggle over sex and marriage under Pope Francis. RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA, p. 689-710. ISSN 0486-0349.
  • Forlenza, Rosario; Thomassen, Bjørn (2015). Augusto Del Noce, Eric Voegelin & Modernity. The European Conservative: A Journal of Western Renewal, p. 43-46.
  • Forlenza, R (2015). ‘The Next Wave of Italians Has Come to America’: Italian Investments and Business in the United States, 1980-2013. JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES, p. 708-731. ISSN 1354-571X.
  • Forlenza, Rosario; Thomassen, Bjørn (2014). Voegelin’s Impact on the Italian Response to Modernity: The Parallel Life-Works of Augusto Del Noce and Eric Voegelin. Voegelin View, p. 1-19.
  • Forlenza, R (2012). Sacrificial Memory and Political Legitimacy in Postwar Italy: Reliving and Remembering World War II. HISTORY & MEMORY, p. 73-116. ISSN 1527-1994.
  • Forlenza, R; Thomassen, B (2011). Re-narrating Italy, reinventing the nation: assessing the presidency of Ciampi. JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES, p. 705-725. ISSN 1354-571X.
  • Forlenza, R (2011). La Repubblica del Presidente: Gli anni di Carlo Azeglio Ciampi: 1999-2006. Diabasis, p. 1-153. ISBN: 978-88-8103-747-6.
  • Forlenza, R (2011). Bewilderment and Recomposition: September 8, 1943 and the Liminal Origins of Italian Democracy. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, p. 133-157. ISSN 2283-9887.
  • Forlenza, R; Thomassen, B (2011). From Myth to Reality and Back Again: The Fascist and Post-Fascist Reading of Garibaldi and the Risorgimento. BULLETIN OF ITALIAN POLITICS, p. 263-281. ISSN 1759-3077.
  • Forlenza, R; Belloni, I. edited by (2010). Questioni civiche : forme, simboli e confini della cittadinanza. Diabasis, p. 1-431. ISBN: 978-88-8103-722-3.
  • Forlenza, R (2010). A Party for the Mezzogiorno: Christian Democratic Party, the Agrarian Reform and the Government of Italy. CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN HISTORY, p. 331-349. ISSN 0960-7773.
  • Forlenza, R (2010). The Italian Communist Party, Local Government and the Cold War. MODERN ITALY, p. 177-196. ISSN 1353-2944.