Dr Matteo Grilli specialises in the political history of Ghana and Southern Africa as well as in the history of Italian communities in Africa. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Studies Group since 2016. He has recently published articles in History in Africa and the South African Historical Journal and his first monograph, Nkrumaism and African Nationalism, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.



Nkrumaism and African Nationalism: Ghana’s Pan-African Foreign Policy in the Age of Decolonization (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

‘La comunità italiana in Ghana: cento anni di emigrazione nell'Africa Occidentale’, Altreitalie, vol. 42, 2011, pp. 63-80.

‘Nkrumah, Nationalism and Pan-Africanism: The Bureau of African Affairs Collection’, History in Africa, vol. 44, 2017, pp. 295-307.

‘Nkrumah’s Ghana and the armed struggle in Southern Africa (1961-1966)’, South African Historical Journal, vol. 70, 1, 2018, pp. 56-81.

‘Imagining, building and living Nkrumaism’, in African Historical Review, (forthcoming).

Book chapters

‘Coloni sotto un dominio altrui: il caso delle comunità italiane del Ghana e del Congo’, in Antonio M. Morone, eds, La fine del colonialismo italiano. Politiche, società e memorie (Florence: Le Monnier, 2018).

Articles Published in Conference Proceedings

Support to African Nationalist Movements by Nkrumah’s Ghana in ECAS 2013, 5th European Conference on African Studies “African Dynamics in Multipolar World”. Lisboa: CEI, 2014, pp. 1018-1030.



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