Title: M.A. Graduate
Affiliation: PhD student, University of Bologna
Serena Mocci is currently a third-year PhD student in Global Histories, Cultures and Politics at the Department of Histories and Cultures of the University of Bologna. Her research project, entitled American Exceptionalism, Expansionism and Reforms in Margaret Fuller’s and Lydia Maria Child’s Political Thought, aims to understand the ways in which the two nineteenth-century American women reformers approached the concept of American exceptionalism, on the one hand by challenging the process of continental expansionism carried out by the U.S. government, and on the other hand by reinforcing through their works some of the racial stereotypes that justified those same policies.
Serena grew up in Sardinia, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Cagliari. Between 2015 and 2017 she worked as a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, USA) and at the Centre for Gender History of Glasgow University (Scotland, UK). In 2019 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of History of Columbia University (New York City, USA).
Areas of interest
US History, Women’s History, American Transcendentalism, American Political Culture, Nineteenth-Century Reform Movements