Eva Garau, Ph.D

Instructor, Rome Center

Eva Garau is a graduate in Political Philosophy. She holds a PhD in European Studies (2010, University of Bath, UK) and a PhD in Contemporary History (2016, University of Cagliari, Italy). Between 2003 and 2010 she worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, Bath City College and King’s College (London). Her research focused on Italian national identity, immigration to Italy, religion, the Catholic Church, populism and extreme Right-wing “niche parties” (the Northern League in particular).

From 2010 to 2012 Eva worked at the University of Cagliari (Department of Philosophy) where she conducted her research on multiculturalism, otherness, religion and minority identity.

Since 2012 she has been working as a Research Fellow at the University of Cagliari (Department of History, Cultural Heritage and Territory). Eva’s current research focuses on British history in general and more specifically on the Conservative party from Churchill to Thatcher, the building of British national identity and the language and rhetoric of Tory electoral manifestos from WWII to 1990. She is the principal investigator in a new project on the relations between Britain and Italy in the Thatcher’s era, with research being conducted at the Sturzo Institute (Rome) and the Margaret Thatcher Foundation (Edinburgh). In the last few years she has been a Visiting Scholar at several British institutions (such as the Churchill College, Cambridge, in 2016).

Eva published a number of articles in Italian and British journals/books on British elections (1945-1979), British perception of Italian ex-colonies, Britain and Europe, the relations between Margaret Thatcher and Giulio Andreotti, Catholicism, Islam and national identity, the rhetoric of populist parties, immigration.

She the author of Politics of National Identity in Italy. Immigration and italianità (Routledge, 2015). Her new book Margaret Thatcher. Formazione e ascesa di un leader (1949-1979) is forthcoming.