Academic Background

Matthew graduated in International and Political Studies at the University of Naples, l’Orientale. He then completed his PhD, focusing on French national narratives in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, at University College London. Before joining UEA, he taught and conducted research at Sciences Po – Paris, the University of Salerno, and UCL. His main research interest is the relationship between images of the nation and discourses about Europe in the modern age. He has co-edited, with Mark Hewitson, Europe in Crisis: Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957 (2012), with Vittorio Dini, The Space of Crisis: Images and Ideas of Europe in the Age of Crisis. 1914-1945 (2013) and, with Jan Vermeiren, Visions and Ideas of Europe during the First World War (2019). His book, The Shaping of French National Identity: Narrating the Nation’s Past, 1715–1830, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. He is also co-editing, with Cathie Carmichael and Aviel Roshwald, the Cambridge History of Nationhood and Nationalism. Matthew is one of the founding members of the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe as well as the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Ideas of Europe at the University of East Anglia. 

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