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Michael R. Ebner

Michael R. Ebner

Contact Information:

mebner@syr.edu

315.443.1264

531 Eggers Hall

Michael R. Ebner

Associate Professor, History Department


Courses

  • 2024 Spring
    • HST 112 Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • 2023 Summer
    • HST 381 Genocide, Atrocity, and Political Violence in the Modern World
    • HST 112 Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • 2022 Summer
    • HST 381 Genocide, Atrocity, and Political Violence in the Modern World
    • HST 112 Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • 2022 Spring
    • HST 112 Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present
    • HST 356 Modern Italy
    • HST 600 Selected Topics - Empires and Violence

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, 2004

Bio

Michael Ebner is a historian of twentieth-century Italy and Europe with particular interests in fascism, authoritarianism and political violence. His current research examines the role of violence and atrocity within the Italian fascist imperial project, focusing on Mussolini’s ‘re-conquest’ of Libya during the 1920s and early 1930s.

He recently co-edited, with Josh Arthurs and Kate Ferris, "The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy: Outside the State?" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). The volume applies the Alltagsgeschichte (history of everyday life) approach to explore how ordinary Italians lived under fascism, challenging binary categories of conformity and opposition, acclaim and dissent, and victim and perpetrator. Ebner’s first book, "Ordinary Violence in Mussolini’s Italy" (Cambridge University Press, 2011), won the American Historical Association’s Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best book on Italian history.

Areas of Expertise

History of modern Europe, Italy, Fascism and political violence

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Local History Summer Camp: Doctoral Dissertation", Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities.

Selected Publications

  • Book
    • Outside the State?: Everyday Life in Fascist Italy. Ebner, M. R., Arthurs, J. and Ferris , K. (eds.) Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.
  • Journal Articles
    • Ebner, M. R., "'This is the Violence of Which I Approve:’ A short history of the political violence that helped Mussolini attain power." Slate, 2017.
    • Ebner, M. R., "Dalla repressione dell'antifascismo al controllo sociale. Il confino di polizia, 1926-1943." Storia e problemi contemporanei, 2006.
    • Ebner, M. R., "The Political Police and Denunciation during Fascism: A Review of Recent Historical Literature." Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2006.
  • Book Chapters
    • Ebner, M. R., "Introduction” and “Coercion” in Outside the State?: Everyday Life in Fascist Italy. Arthurs, J., Ebner, M. R. and Ferris, K. (eds.) Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.
    • Ebner, M. R., "Fascist Violence and the ‘Ethnic Reconstruction’ of Cyrenaica (Libya)." In Violence, Colonialism, and Empire. Dwyer, P., Ryan, L. (eds.) Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.
    • Ebner, M. R., "Terror und Bevölkerung im italienischen Faschismus." Reichhardt, S., Nolzen, A. (eds.) Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, 2005.
    • Ebner, M. R., "The Persecution of Homosexual Men under Fascism, 1926-1943." Wilson, P. (ed.) Gender, Family, and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945, 2004.
  • Monograph
    • Ebner, M. R., Ordinary Violence in Mussolini’s Italy. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Presentations and Events

Carleton College, European Studies Program , "The Mediterranean, Migration, and Bordering Regimes" (May 19, 2021)

Carleton College, Department of History, "Fascist Italy's Conquest of Eastern Libya, 1922-1934" (May 12, 2021)

Kenyon College, Department of History, "Violence and Everyday Life in Fascist Italy" (April 2, 2021)

American Historical Association Annual Conference, "Fascist Oasis: Conquest and Atrocity in Cyrenaica, 1923-32" (January 5, 2020)

Conference on Global Perspective on Fascism and Antifascism, Colgate University, "Public Executions in Fascist Libya" (March 22, 2019)

Previous Teaching Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University, 2012-present

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University, 2005-2012 

Honors and Accolades

Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of History, Carleton College (2020)

NEH Summer Stipend (2017)

American Historical Association’s Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best book on the history of Italy (2011)

Appleby-Mosher Faculty Research Grant, Maxwell School of Syracuse University (2011)

Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University (2011)