Giorgio Riello

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
PhD, Professor of Global History and Culture, University of Warwick
September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

Giorgio Riello is Professor of Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick, formerly Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study between 2014 and 2017 and currently Chair of the Pasold Research Fund. Giorgio is the author of four books among which Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (CUP 2013; pb 2015 – recipient of the World History Association Book Prize 2014) Luxury: A Rich History (OUP, 2016 - co-authored with Peter McNeil) and eight edited books.


In 2011 Giorgio was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize. He has also been a visiting fellow at Stanford University, and The National University of Australia, and a visiting professor at The European University Institute and Columbia University. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Iris Foundation Award for his contribution to the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. He is member of the editorial boards of several journals among which the Journal of World History and Past & Present.


Giorgio has published extensively on the history of textiles, trade and technological exchanged between Europe and Asia in the early modern period. His current project is a theoretical and historical reflection on the nature of technological innovation in early modern Europe and China.


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