Dr Nico Pizzolato


Dr Nico Pizzolato
NameDr Nico Pizzolato
Job titleDirector of Postgraduate Research Studies
Research institute
Primary appointmentResearch Knowledge Transfer Office
Email addressN.Pizzolato@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3618-5188
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

My research interests are located at the intersection between history, social theory and labour and management studies. Most of my work touches on the following themes: labour migration and social movements, unfree and coerced labour in advanced capitalism, social policy in the age of Fordism, workplace democracy, critical pedagogy.

I am the author of Challenging Global Capitalism: Labor Migration, Radical Struggle, and Urban Change in Detroit and Turin (Palgrave, 2013). I am the co-editor of the book Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World (Springer, 2017). My work as appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as American Historical Review, Labor History, International Review of Social History, International Working Class History, Capital&Class and Contemporary European History. My research has also been disseminated in critical online magazines such as Viewpoint and Commonware.

I also have a strong interest in writing for professional and academic pratice. I run writing workshops as part of my teaching portfolio.

I have gained my PhD at University College London, and lectured at Queen Mary, University of London, Università di Palermo, and the University of Edinburgh. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Historical Society. I am a seminar convenor at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Teaching

Most of my teaching is devoted to develop research students.

I am the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and in that role I convene researcher training and development session on different methodologies, writing and different aspects of being a doctoral researcher.

I am a supervisor in the DProf (Transdisciplinary). This is a doctoral programme aimed at senior professionals who carry out academic research in their organisation or as part of their professional practice. I currently supervise 16 students and I have seen a few through completion.

I am an enthustiast of digital learning , in particular as applied to adult education in university and in the workplace, and in general the possibilities of learning in a digital, interconnected world.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Introduction: Gender and work in twentieth-century Italy: new approaches

Bracke, M.A., Favretto, I. and Pizzolato, N. 2024. Introduction: Gender and work in twentieth-century Italy: new approaches. Modern Italy. https://doi.org/10.1017/mit.2024.7

Constructing debt: discursive and material strategies of labour coercion in the U.S. South, 1903-1964

Pizzolato, N. 2024. Constructing debt: discursive and material strategies of labour coercion in the U.S. South, 1903-1964. in: Coercion and Wage Labor: Exploring Work Relations through History and Art UCL Press.

Reconceptualising the factory as plant-ation: Black radicalism and the politics of history in a Detroit automobile plant

Pizzolato, N. 2022. Reconceptualising the factory as plant-ation: Black radicalism and the politics of history in a Detroit automobile plant. Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory.

Il lavoro attraverso lo sguardo femminile: la fotografia delle donne in Italia tra ricerca artistica e critica sociale

Di Trapani, M., Favretto, I., Pizzolato, N. and Betti, E. 2022. Il lavoro attraverso lo sguardo femminile: la fotografia delle donne in Italia tra ricerca artistica e critica sociale. Sociologia del lavoro. https://doi.org/10.3280/SL2022-163014

Through the female gaze: women and work in Italy since the 1950s

Di Trapani, M., Favretto, I. and Pizzolato, N. 2021. Through the female gaze: women and work in Italy since the 1950s.

Amanda Ciafone. Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation. [Book review]

Pizzolato, N. 2020. Amanda Ciafone. Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation. [Book review]. The American Historical Review. 125 (2), pp. 626-627. https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/rhz1197

"Once we owned slaves". Labour and coercion in 20th century American plantations

Pizzolato, N. 2020. "Once we owned slaves". Labour and coercion in 20th century American plantations. Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ‘900. XXIII (1), pp. 25-51. https://doi.org/10.1409/96379

Back to the factory: the continuing salience of industrial workplace history

Akgöz, G., Croucher, R. and Pizzolato, N. 2020. Back to the factory: the continuing salience of industrial workplace history. Labor History. 61 (1), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2019.1681632

Scioperi al ritmo dei tamburi: Black Power nel “1968” americano

Pizzolato, N. 2018. Scioperi al ritmo dei tamburi: Black Power nel “1968” americano. Scienza e Politica. 30 (59), pp. 61-78. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1825-9618/8902

Tactics of refusal: idioms of protest and political subjectivities in Italy's "1968 years"

Pizzolato, N. 2018. Tactics of refusal: idioms of protest and political subjectivities in Italy's "1968 years". The American Historical Review. 123 (3), pp. 758-763. https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/123.3.758

Harvests of shame: enduring unfree labour in twentieth century United States, 1933-1964

Pizzolato, N. 2018. Harvests of shame: enduring unfree labour in twentieth century United States, 1933-1964. Labor History. 59 (4), pp. 472-490. https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2018.1467259

The Influence of professional doctorates on practice and the workplace

Boud, D., Fillery-Travis, A., Pizzolato, N. and Sutton, B. 2018. The Influence of professional doctorates on practice and the workplace. Studies in Higher Education. 43 (5), pp. 914-926. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1438121

Transdisciplinary qualities in practice doctorates

Costley, C. and Pizzolato, N. 2018. Transdisciplinary qualities in practice doctorates. Studies in Continuing Education. 40 (1), pp. 30-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2017.1394287

A new revolutionary practice: operaisti and the 'refusal of work' in 1970's Italy

Pizzolato, N. 2017. A new revolutionary practice: operaisti and the 'refusal of work' in 1970's Italy. Estudos Historicos (Rio de Janeiro). 30 (61), pp. 449-464. https://doi.org/10.1590/s2178-14942017000200008

Antonio Gramsci: a pedagogy to change the world

Pizzolato, N. and Holst, J. 2017. Antonio Gramsci: a pedagogy to change the world. London Springer, Cham.

Gramsci, politics and pedagogy: an interpretative framework

Pizzolato, N. and Holst, J. 2017. Gramsci, politics and pedagogy: an interpretative framework. in: Pizzolato, N. and Holst, J. (ed.) Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy To Change the World Springer. pp. 1-32

The IWW in Turin: ‘Militant history’, workers’ struggle and the crisis of Fordism in 1970s Italy

Pizzolato, N. 2017. The IWW in Turin: ‘Militant history’, workers’ struggle and the crisis of Fordism in 1970s Italy. International Labor and Working Class History. 91, pp. 109-126. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0147547916000314

The antinomies of Fordism

Pizzolato, N. 2017. The antinomies of Fordism. Storica. 23 (69), pp. 159-173. https://doi.org/10.23744/1794

‘As much in bondage as they were before’: unfree labour during the New Deal (1935-1952)

Pizzolato, N. 2016. ‘As much in bondage as they were before’: unfree labour during the New Deal (1935-1952). in: van der Linden, M. and Rodríguez García, M. (ed.) On Coerced Labour Leiden Brill.

Il compito rivoluzionario dell’auto-organizzazione: una nota su Grace Lee Boggs

Pizzolato, N. 2016. Il compito rivoluzionario dell’auto-organizzazione: una nota su Grace Lee Boggs. Commonware.

The revolutionary task of self-activity: a note on Grace Lee Boggs

Pizzolato, N. 2016. The revolutionary task of self-activity: a note on Grace Lee Boggs. Viewpoint.

The IWW in Turin: militant history and the crisis of high capitalism in 1970s Italy

Pizzolato, N. 2015. The IWW in Turin: militant history and the crisis of high capitalism in 1970s Italy. Global Labour and the Crises of High Capitalism: Rethinking the 1970s. Re:Work Institute, Humboldt Universitat, Berlin 28 - 29 Jun 2015

American peonage: connections, categories, scales, 1935-1952

Pizzolato, N. 2015. American peonage: connections, categories, scales, 1935-1952. Translocal and Microhistories of Labour. Centre for Global History and Culture -- University of Warwick 23 - 24 Jan 2015

From local to global: American peonage during the New Deal, 1935-1952

Pizzolato, N. 2014. From local to global: American peonage during the New Deal, 1935-1952. III Seminário Internacional Mundos do Trabalho. Salvador de Bahia, Brazil 26 - 29 Nov 2014

I Terroni in Città: revisiting southern migrants militancy in Turin's hot autumn

Pizzolato, N. 2012. I Terroni in Città: revisiting southern migrants militancy in Turin's hot autumn. Contemporary European History. 21 (4), pp. 619-634. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960777312000409

Challenging global capitalism: labor migration, radical struggle, and urban change in Detroit and Turin

Pizzolato, N. 2013. Challenging global capitalism: labor migration, radical struggle, and urban change in Detroit and Turin. New York Palgrave Macmillan.

The American worker and the Forze Nuove: Turin and Detroit at the twilight of Fordism

Pizzolato, N. 2013. The American worker and the Forze Nuove: Turin and Detroit at the twilight of Fordism. Viewpoint Magazine.

Transnational radicals: labour dissent and political activism in Detroit and Turin (1950-1970)

Pizzolato, N. 2011. Transnational radicals: labour dissent and political activism in Detroit and Turin (1950-1970). International Review of Social History. 56 (1), pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020859010000696

Strikes in the United States since World War II

Pizzolato, N. 2009. Strikes in the United States since World War II. in: Brenner, A., Day, B. and Ness, I. (ed.) The encyclopedia of strikes in American history New York, NY, USA Routledge. pp. 226-238

Italian national identity and nationalism (1870-1980)

Pizzolato, N. 2008. Italian national identity and nationalism (1870-1980). in: Herb, G. and Kaplan, D. (ed.) Nations and nationalism: a global historical overview ABC-Clio.

An ordinary transgression. Adultery and concubinage: from the neighbourhood to the Court (Diocese of Monreale, 1590-1680)

Pizzolato, N. 2007. An ordinary transgression. Adultery and concubinage: from the neighbourhood to the Court (Diocese of Monreale, 1590-1680). Quaderni Storici. https://doi.org/10.1408/24449

Revolution in a comic strip: Gasparazzo and the identity of southern migrants in Turin, 1969-1975

Pizzolato, N. 2007. Revolution in a comic strip: Gasparazzo and the identity of southern migrants in Turin, 1969-1975. International Review of Social History. 52 (S15), pp. 59-75. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020859007003124

Fatiche globali. Un’agenda per la storia del lavoro

Pizzolato, N. 2006. Fatiche globali. Un’agenda per la storia del lavoro. Zapruder.

"Lo diavolo mi ingannao". La sodomia nelle campagne siciliane (1572-1664)

Pizzolato, N. 2006. "Lo diavolo mi ingannao". La sodomia nelle campagne siciliane (1572-1664). Quaderni Storici. 2, pp. 449-480. https://doi.org/10.1408/22531

Gli operai, gli immigrati, la rivoluzione. Detroit e Torino: un'ipotesi comparative (1967-73)

Pizzolato, N. 2006. Gli operai, gli immigrati, la rivoluzione. Detroit e Torino: un'ipotesi comparative (1967-73). Meridiana.

“Una situazione sado-masochistica ad incastro”. Il dibattito scientifico sull’immigrazione meridionale (1950-1970)

Pizzolato, N. 2005. “Una situazione sado-masochistica ad incastro”. Il dibattito scientifico sull’immigrazione meridionale (1950-1970). Quaderni Storici. https://doi.org/10.1408/19594

The American labor movement (1948-1981)

Pizzolato, N. 2004. The American labor movement (1948-1981). in: Ness, I. (ed.) Encyclopedia of American social movements New York Routledge.

Gli immigrati del fordismo. Torino e Detroit: due distretti operai a confronto

Pizzolato, N. 2004. Gli immigrati del fordismo. Torino e Detroit: due distretti operai a confronto. Zapruder.

Workers and revolutionaries at the twilight of Fordism: the breakdown of industrial relations in the automobile plants of Detroit and Turin, 1967-1973

Pizzolato, N. 2004. Workers and revolutionaries at the twilight of Fordism: the breakdown of industrial relations in the automobile plants of Detroit and Turin, 1967-1973. Labor History. 45 (4), pp. 419-443. https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656042000292234
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