Vanda Wilcox graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Modern History (First Class) from the University of Oxford where she then completed a Masters in Historical Research and a D.Phil. in History. Her doctoral thesis focused on morale and discipline in the Italian army during the First World War.
Her research interests focus on the military, cultural and social history of the First World War in Italy, as well as the memory and commemoration of the two World Wars. She is also interested in sports history, particularly Italian football culture. Her current research focuses on the Italo-Turkish war (1911-12) and on the colonial and imperial dimensions of Italian participation in the First World War. At John Cabot she teaches courses in European and Italian history in the nineteenth and twentieth century as well as on the World Wars, the history of imperialism, memory and popular culture, and modern sports history.
Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
'La bataille de Caporetto: un tournant pour le moral des troupes italiennes?', in Dans la guerre 1914-1918: Accepter, Endurer, Refuser, eds. N. Beaupré, H. Jones and A. Rasmussen, (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2015), pp.229-250.
‘Italian morale and the soldiers' experience in Libya, 1911-12’ in The Wars before the Great War: Conflict and International Politics before the Outbreak of the First World War, eds. D. Geppert, W. Mulligan and A. Rose, (Cambridge University Press, 2015). pp. 41–57.
‘Between Acceptance and Refusal: Soldiers’ Attitudes to the War (Italy)' and ‘Italian Front’, in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin (2014-15)
‘Morale and Battlefield Performance at Caporetto, 1917.’ Journal of Strategic Studies Vol. 34, issue 6-7 (2014), 829-854.
'Training, morale and battlefield performance in the Italian army, 1914-1917' in The Greater War: Other Combatants and Other Fronts, 1914-1918, ed. J. Krause, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). pp. 177–194.
‘“Weeping tears of blood”: exploring soldiers’ emotions in the First World War’, Modern Italy Vol. 17, no. 2 (2012), 171–184.
‘Tra testo e corpo: l’esperienza fisica della prima guerra mondiale negli scritti dei soldati’ Memoria e Ricerca Vol. 38 (2011), 25–40.