Joshua Arthurs

Joshua Arthurs
Associate Professor


Joshua Arthurs is an Associate Professor of History, specializing in the cultural, social, and intellectual history of modern Italy and Europe. Prior to arriving at UTSC, he taught at West Virginia University and George Mason University; he is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Prof. Arthurs’ research interests include historical fascism and the contemporary far right; the politics of memory, monuments, museums, and historiography; ideologies of race, empire, and the classical tradition; and everyday life in wartime and under dictatorship. He is the author of Excavating Modernity: The Roman Past in Fascist Italy (Cornell University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Outside the State? The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). His current book project, Forty-Five Days: Emotion, Experience and Memory after Mussolini, under contract with Oxford University Press, examines popular responses to the collapse of the Fascist regime in 1943. He has also written extensively on the afterlives of Fascist monuments in contemporary Italy. Prof. Arthurs is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Modern Italian Studies and, as of January 2022, Vice-President of the Society for Italian Historical Studies.


  • Ph.D. (Chicago)
  • MA (Chicago)
  • BA (Wesleyan)


Research Interests

  • Fascism and the far right
  • Twentieth-century Italy and Europe
  • The politics of monuments, memory and historiography
  • Everyday life under dictatorship and wartime
  • The classical tradition