Provenzano, Luca

Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Moyn; Year: 2013

Luca Provenzano is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Columbia University. His dissertation The New Maintenance of Order: Western European Security Forces in the Years of Revolt, 1968-1981 traces how police and soldiers in France, West Germany, and Great Britain/Northern Ireland refined the tactics and material artifacts used to manage demonstrations, strikes, and riots in response to new styles of protest and criticisms of state violence, founding the principles and practices of the contemporary “maintenance of order.” Luca is the 2017-2018 Columbia selection for the Columbia/Sciences Po Ph.D. exchange programme and was a 2015 recipient of the Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society since 2013.


- B.A. in History from Reed College, 2011
- M.A./M.Phil. from Columbia University, 2015 and 2017


In addition to his dissertation research, Luca has taught post-war and 20th century Western European, central European, and Russian history. He was a co-organizer for the Columbia President’s Global Innovation Fund History Department grant in 2013 and served as a graduate student co-organizer and contributor to the Foucault 13/13 series stewarded by Bernard Harcourt and Jésus R. Velasco in 2015-2016.