Dr. Diana Moore

Dr. Diana Moore

Adjunct Lecturer


Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018, Modern European History)

M.Phil, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2014, Modern European History)

B.A., Fordham University (2011, History and Italian Studies)


Diana Moore has been an adjunct lecturer in the History Department at John Jay College since 2012 and received her doctorate in Modern European History from the Graduate Center, CUNY in February 2018. Her research examines the ways in which women and other traditionally disenfranchised actors in nineteenth-century Europe participated in state-building and governance through alternative non-state organizations, including charitable and philanthropic campaigns as well as revolutionary movements. Her dissertation, “Transnational Nationalists: Cosmopolitan Women, Philanthropy, and Italian State-Building, 1850-1890,” offered an examination of how five Anglo-Italian middle-class women helped shape the Risorgimento through their work as propagandists, fundraisers, authors, educators, and conspirators. In doing so, it challenged the conception of Italian Unification and state-building as an accomplishment of Italian politicians and generals and revealed the contributions of networks of transnational female revolutionaries and philanthropists. She is currently working on her book proposal and on an interdisciplinary project examining British and Italian anti-Catholic literature of the 1870s.

Moore has been the recipient of several grants, including the Graduate Center’s Carell Dissertation Fellowship and has presented her work as numerous scholarly conferences.

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association

New York State Association of European Historians

Nineteenth Century Studies Association

Coordinating Council for Women in History

Society for Italian Historical Studies

Course Taught

HIS 127: Radical Reformers

HIS 203: World History from the Beginnings to 500

HIS 204: World History 500 to 1650

HIS 205: World History 1650 to the Present

HIS 208: A Global History of Sexuality

Languages spoken/fluent in

Italian, Some French

Scholarly Work

“Transnational Women & Philanthropic Networks in Italian Unification and State-Building,” in Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now. Edited by Dawn Hutchinson and Lori Underwood. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Press, 2019.

 “Failures & Alternative Paths: Jessie White Mario and Women’s Struggles to Obtain Medical Education in Victorian England,” accepted for publication in forthcoming edited volume on the history of medical education to be published by McGill-Queens University Press.

“Revolutionary Domesticity: The Feminist Strategies of Anglo-Italian Mazzinian Nationalists,” under review by the Journal of Women’s History.

Honors and Awards

Graduate Center Carell Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund Graduate Assistantship (Spring and Fall 2016)

New York State Association of European Historians Graduate Student Paper Prize (October 2015)

Cammett Award for Italian Studies (May 2015 and April 2014)

Doctoral Student Research Grant (April 2015)