Stefania Bernini

Stefania Bernini teaches at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw and holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Venice, Ca’ ‘Foscari. She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of London and she has held research positions at the Open University, St Antony’s College, Oxford, the European University Institute, where she was a Max Weber Fellow, and the University of Warsaw, where she held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. She has taught at UNSW Australia and the University of Florence.

Her main fields of research are the history of childhood, family and gender in twentieth-century Europe, as well as welfare and social policy in postwar Europe, both East and West.

Recent publications include:

  • “Mothers and Children in Postwar Europe: Martyrdom and National Reconstruction in Italy and Poland”, European Review of History, (2015)
  • Bambine e bambini bel tempo”, special issue of Genesis (XIII/2, 2014),
  • ‘The Foundation of Civilized Society: family and social policy in Britain and Italy between 1946 and 1960’, in P. Ginsborg, J. Nautz, T. Nijhuis, The Golden Chain: Family, Civil Society and the State, Berghahn Publishers, 2013
  • Przemiany Rodziny w Polsce i we Wloszech (edited with Ewa Les), University of Warsaw Press, 2010
  • ‘Family Politics, the Catholic Church and the Transformation of Family Life in the Italian Second Republic’, in A. Mammone, G. A. Veltri (eds.), Italy Today. The Sick Man of Europe, Routledge, 2010.

Her first monograph, Family Life and Individual Welfare in Postwar Europe, was published by Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007. She is currently working on her second book, entitled Layers of Devotion: family and nation in postwar Europe.