Dr Fernanda Gallo


College position:

University Lecturer in 19th Century Mediterranean History Fellow and Director of Studies in History and Politics

Dr Fernanda Gallo
Dr Fernanda Gallo

Dr 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 a postdoctoral 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 in Italian Politics and History at PoLIS at the University of Bath.

Research Interests

Dr Gallo's first book, From Patria to the State: An Intellectual Biography of Bertrando Spaventa looks at the intellectual biography of the main exponent of nineteenth-century Italian Hegelianism, focusing in particular on the political context of the Risorgimento. Her second monograph, Regenerating the Nation. Hegel and the Italian Political Thought, 1840-1895 (under evaluation) examines how Italian intellectuals have rethought the idea of the rebirth of the Italian nation, through the lens of Hegel’s reception in Italy. It does so by adopting a transnational approach, focussing on how the ‘amalgamation’ of Hegel’s ideas with Italian culture led to a rethinking of historical and political concepts that greatly influenced the intellectual history of modern Italy and, indeed, of Europe as a whole.  

She is currently working on two new projects. The first is a history of Hegel’s reception in the nineteenth-century Euro-Mediterranean world(s), exploring how and to what extent the idea of Germanic freedom contributed to forging the transnational narrative of a backward Southern periphery of Europe, by considering the dissemination and the reception of works by Hegel in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. The second project focuses on the idea of space within intellectual history with a particular focus on the shaping of the European cultural capital of Milan between 1796 and 1848.

Teaching And Professional Interests

For undergraduates, in Part I, Dr Gallo lectures for paper 17 (19th-century European history) and paper 18 (20th-century European history), and in Part II, I teach the Specified Subject "Rethinking Europe from the Mediterranean shores, 1796-1914" (paper 24). She supervises for papers 17, 18, 19 and 20.

At the MPhil level, she teaches an option on 'The Modern Mediterranean' for the Modern European and World History MPhils.


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

Links to online publications, articles or other work


  • Regenerating the Nation: Hegel and the Italian Political Thought, 1840-1895 (forthcoming) 
  • Dalla Patria allo Stato. Bertrando Spaventa, una biografia intellettuale, Roma: Laterza, 2012

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

  • With Matthew D’Auria (eds.) Mediterranean Europe(s): Rethinking Europe from its Southern Shores, forthcoming with Routledge (under contract)
  • Gli hegeliani di Napoli. Il Risorgimento e la ricezione di Hegel in Italia, La Scuola di Pitagora editrice, Napoli, 2020
  • With Axel Körner(eds.), Hegel in Italy. Risorgimento political thought in Transnational Perspective, Special issue of Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 24/2 (2019). 
  • With F. Frediani (eds.), Ethos Repubblicano e Pensiero Meridiano, Reggio Emilia, Diabasis, 2011 

Articles and Book Chapters


  • ‘The United States of Europe: Giuseppe Mazzini and Carlo Cattaneo views of the East', in Marc Hewitson and Jan Vermeiren, Europe and the East: Self and Other in the History of the European Idea, under contract with Routledge


  • 'A transnational perspective on Constant's Commentaire sur l'ouvrage de Filangieri and the Risorgimento, 1826-1855', in T. David, P. Eichenberger, L. Haller, T. Straumann, C. Wirth (eds.), Transsnationale Geschichte der Schweiz - Histoire transnationale de la Suisse, Zurich, Chronos Verlag (forthcoming in June 2020)
  • Hegel nel Risorgimento italiano e l'Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici", in F. Gallo (ed.), Gli hegeliani di Napoli. Il Risorgimento e la ricezione di Hegel in Italia, La Scuola di Pitagora editrice, Napoli, 2020


  • ‘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). 


  • ‘The Shaping of European Modernities: The Renaissance and the Neapolitan Hegelianism, 1848- 1862’, History, 103/356 (2018)
  • La costruzione dell’identità nazionale e le interpretazioni del Rinascimento nell’hegelismo napoletano, in G. Vacca and M. Musté (eds.), Bertrando Spaventa tra coscienza nazionale e filosofia europea, Rome, Viella, 2018 


  • ‘La ‘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 Rinascimento’, 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 


Faculty Of History