Dr Selena Daly

Selena Daly

Dr Selena Daly

Senior Lecturer Modern European History

Phone: +44 1784 276093

Personal profile

I am a social and cultural historian of modern Europe, with a focus on Italy in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am particularly interested in the First World War period and avant-garde art movements especially Italian Futurism and its links to Fascism. I am currently working on the history of Italian migration in the 20th century.

Prior to joining Royal Holloway in 2018, I was an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at University College Dublin (2016-18). Previously, I was a Fulbright Scholar and Irish Research Council ELEVATE Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Research interests

My first monograph, Italian Futurism and the First World War, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2016. It was one of five non-fiction titles nominated for The Bridge Book Prize in 2017 and was longlisted for the Edinburgh Gadda Prize 2019.

The research for this book was funded by grants from the Fulbright Program, the Irish Research Council, the Royal Irish Academy, the European Commission Marie Curie Actions, and the Getty Research Institute Los Angeles.

In this book, I examine the cultural, political, and military engagement of the Futurists with the war effort, both on the battlefields and on the home front, challenging long-held assumptions about Futurist activity during the war. It provides vivid accounts of Futurist experiences through an analysis of previously unpublished material, including letters, diaries, and military documents as well as newspapers, magazines, and popular novels.


I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. I teach on a range of undergraduate courses in Modern European History and on the MA in History and MA in Public History. I lead the Further Subject course (open to second and third years) entitled: ‘Beaches and Bodies: Migration and Mobility in the Mediterranean, 1800 to today’.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have a particular interest in the internationalization of higher education. At University College Dublin, I was the Vice-Principal for Global Engagement for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

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