Christian G. De Vito

Room: ZG2O1.84 (main building, staircase VI)
Office hours: Monday, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Telephone: +43 1 4277 – 41309


Professor of Global Economic and Social History

Co-coordinator (with Valeska Huber and Juliane Schiel) of the FSP Global History  

Co-coordinator (with Juliane Schiel) of the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies (EMGS) Programme


Education and Experience

  • From October 2023, Professor of Global Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna
  • 2018-2023, Postdoc researcher and Research Group Leader at the Bonn Centre for Dependency and Dependency Studies (BCDSS), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2013-2018, Postdoc researcher on the ERC project „The Carceral Archipelago“, University of Leicester, UK
  • 2010-2015, Honorary Fellow at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2003-2008, PhD in History at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
  • 1995-2001, BA and MA in History at the University of Florence, Italy

Research Interests

  • Social history of the early modern and modern periods (16th-21st centuries)
  • Social history of punishment
  • Global labour history
  • Global convict labour
  • Global history and microhistory (micro-spatial history)
  • History of the Spanish empire (16th-20th century)
  • Social history of psychiatry (20th century)
  • History of social movements (1945-today)

Networks and Activities

  • International Social History Association (ISHA) – vice-president
  • International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) – member of the International Scientific Committee
  • Revista Mundos do Trabalho, member of the Editorial Board
  • Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies, member of the Advisory Board
  • Book series „Social History of Punishment and Labour Coercion“ (Amsterdam University Press) – co-editor
  • Book series „Work in Global and Historical Perspectives“ (De Gruyter) – co-editor
  • Book series „Le impronte“ (Franco Angeli) – member of the scientific committee
  • Società Italiana di Storia del Lavoro (SISLav) – member
  • Storie in Movimento – Zapruder – co-founder and member


  • 2024. Revolution, War and Punitive Relocations across the Spanish Empire. The 1790s in Context, in Jan C. Jansen and Kirsten Mc Kenzie, eds, Mobility and Coercion in an Age of Wars and Revolutions. A Global History, c. 1750-1830, pp. 83-105
  • 2023 (with Adam Fagbore and Eric Vanhaute). „Punishing Workers, Managing Labour“, International Review of Social History, Special Issue.
  • 2022 (with Viola Müller). „Punishing the Enslaved in the Americas, 1760s-1880s“, Journal of Global Slavery, 7, Special issue.
  • 2022. „Las múltiples mitas y la coacción laboral entre el ‚sistema toledano‘ y sus subversiones“, Dialogo Andino, 69, pp. 41-51.
  • 2021 (with Chiara Lucrezio Monticelli). „Pluralità dei regimi punitivi: periodizzazioni, circolazioni, modelli cattolici“, Meridiana, 101, Special issue „Regimi punitivi“, pp. 9-22.
  • 2020 (with Juliane Schiel and Matthias van Rossum). „From Bondage to Precariousness? New Perspective on Labor and Social History“, Journal of Social History, 54, 2, pp.644-662.
  • 2019. „History without Scale: The Micro-Spatial Perspective“, Past & Present, vol. 242, Issue Supprement 14, pp. 348-372.
  • 2018. The Spanish Empire, 1500–1898. In A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies, edited by Clare Anderson, London.
  • 2018 (with Anne Gerritsen) eds. Micro-spatial Histories of Global Labour, London.
  • 2015 (with Alex Lichtenstein), eds. Global Convict Labour. Leiden and Boston.
  • 2009. Camosci e girachiavi. Storia del carcere in Italia, Roma-Bari.

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