Joshua Arthurs specializes in the cultural, social, and intellectual history of contemporary Italy and Europe. His interests include fascism and the far right; the politics of memory, monuments and museums; the classical tradition, race and empire; and everyday life in wartime and dictatorship. 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 written extensively on the afterlives of Fascist monuments in contemporary Italy and contested heritage in a global context. He is also co-investigator for the SSHRC Connections Grant initiative Authoritarianism: Lives, Legacies, Traumas.
Professor Arthurs is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Vice-President of the Society for Italian Historical Studies, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Prior to his arrival in Toronto, he taught at West Virginia University and George Mason University.