Fernanda Gallo

Fernanda Gallo is a nineteenth-century transnational intellectual historian and her research places Italian political thought within continental Europe and the Mediterranean world(s), with a particular focus on Hegel’s reception in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece.

After graduating at the University of Naples Federico II, she attained her PhD at the University of Lugano (Switzerland) in 2015. Before becoming University Lecturer in 19th Century Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, she worked as post doctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London and at the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, developing a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on The shaping of European identities: Modernity and the Reformation in the Risorgimento political thought. She has also worked as Teaching Fellow at PoLIS at the University of Bath, where she became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is collaborating with the SINERGIA research project Milan and Ticino (1796-1848). Shaping spatiality of a European Capital  and with the Research Network for the History of the Idea of Europe. She is also member of the board of the Institute for the Study of Ideas of Europe and founding member of the Society for Political Studies. She was appointed by the Italian Minister of Cultural Activities as a member of the National Committee for the celebration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Bertrando Spaventa (1817-2017).

Publications focusing on Idea of Europe and European Identity


  • ‘The Shaping of European Modernities: The Renaissance and the Neapolitan Hegelianism, 1848- 1862’, History, 103/356 (2018)

Publications focusing on other issues


  • Fernanda Gallo, Dalla patria allo Stato. Bertrando Spaventa, una biografia intellettuale, Laterza, Bari-Roma 2012.

Edited books and Special issues

  • With Axel Körner (eds.), Hegel in Italy. Risorgimento political thought in Transnational Perspective, Special issue of Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 24/2 (2019).
  • Fernanda Gallo and Federica Frediani (eds.), Ethos repubblicano e pensiero meridiano, Diabasis, Reggio Emilia 2011.

Articles in academic journals

  • ‘Challenging Intellectual Hierarchies. Hegel in Risorgimento Political Thought: An Introduction, with Axel Körner, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 24/2 (2019).
  • ‘The Rise of the Ethical State in Italy: Neapolitan Hegelians and Risorgimento Political Thought, 1848-1876’, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 24/2 (2019).
  • ‘La sfida alla “Supremazia Protestante”: Le origini della modernità e l’Hegelismo napoletano’, Giornale critico della filosofia italiana, n. 3, 2017
  • ‘Gli Hegeliani di Napoli e il Risorgimento. Bertrando Spaventa e Francesco De Sanctis a confronto, 1848-1862’, LEA. Lingue e Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, n. 6, 2017
  • ‘Francesco De Sanctis interprete del Risrgimento’, Rivista di Letteratura italiana, n. 1, 2017
  • ‘Philosophical revolution and the shaping of European consciousness: Bertrando Spaventa’s “La filosofia italiana nelle sue relazioni con la filosofia europea”’, Phenomenology and Mind, n. 8, 2015
  • Fernanda Gallo, ‘Il manoscritto “De Anima” di Bertrando Spaventa’, Logos, 6, 2011, pp. 323-336.
  • Chapters in books
  • Fernanda Gallo, ‘Dalla religione civile al sentimento religioso: il ‘Commentaire sur l’ouvrage de Filangieri’  di Benjamin Constant’, in Ethos repubblicano e pensiero meridiano, Diabasis, Reggio Emilia 2011, pp. 57-79.
  • Fernanda Gallo, ‘Dialogo intorno all’educazione civica’, in Vv. Aa., Questioni civiche. Forme, simboli e confini della cittadinanza, Reggio Emilia, Diabasis 2010, pp. 391-404.

Book reviews

  • Fernanda Gallo, ‘Le “Opere” di Bertrando Spaventa, Logos, 6, 2011, pp. 497-501.

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