In July 2021, Zoffmann Rodriguez joined the Instute of Contemporary History (IHC) of the New University of Lisbon, wih a CEEC-FCT research contract. In Lisbon, he works on a project on far-right trade unionism in early-twentieth century Southern Europe, which excavates the complex and understudied engagement of early fascist and proto-fascist groups with organized labour from a comparative perspective. This line of inquiry sheds light on broader themes such as the modernization of right-wing parties at the turn of the century, the emergence of mass politics, the formation of working-class identity, and trade union conflict. After carrying out his first archival missions, he is preparing a number of articles on these topics. The first one has already appeared at the prestigious International Review of Social History (2021). Before moving to the IHC, he completed a fully funded post-doctoral research fellowship (2020-21) at the Institute of Historical Research at Mexico City's National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), one of the best universities in Latin America. His post-doctoral project explored the transnational entanglements between the Mexican and the Russian Revolutions. This project resulted in five journal articles. In June 2019, Zoffmann Rodriguez obtained a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. His thesis, The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24, explored how the Soviet revolutionary model was transmitted across borders and conjugated with local conditions and discourses. He thus moved away from national interpretations of the Russian Revolution, filling an important gap in the historiography. His doctoral research built on his MPhil dissertation (awarded with Distinction) in Modern European History, completed at the University of Oxford in 2013-15. Previously, he completed a BA degree in History awarded with First Class Honours at University College London. Zoffmann Rodriguez has published prolifically on topics related to his doctoral and post-doctoral projects and beyond for eminent peer-reviewed journals, such as Contemporary European History, Revolutionary Russia, European History Quarterly, and International Labor and Working-Class History. He has also penned three book chapters and several book reviews. His fluency in eight languages (Spanish, Catalan, English, Russian, Greek, Italian, French, Portuguese, plus basic German and Turkish), as well as robust financial support from various institutions, has allowed him to pursue ambitious research in archives in Spain, Russia, Mexico, the Netherlands, France, the UK, the US, and Italy. Zoffmann Rodriguez has disseminated his research at various conferences and workshops in numerous countries. In 2017, he organised a highly successful international conference at the EUI, The Peripheries of the European Revolutionary Process(es), 1917-23, funded with an endowment of almost 10,000 euros. In July 2019, he organised an international workshop at the EUI, Communicating Community: Anarchism and its Boundaries. In November 2021, he organized an in-person international conference at the IHC, National Liberation, World Revolution: Anti-Colonialism and the Origins of Communism. Zoffmann Rodriguez has worked as a lecturer at the Colegio de Mexico (2021), one of the best higher education institutions in Latin America, and the University of Barcelona (2018-19), teaching Russian and Soviet history in both universities. He has also delivered one-off lectures at institutions such as the Universities of Padova, Turin, and Panteion. He thus has extensive experience as a pedagogue and a communicator. He has also strived to disseminate his findings among non-academic audiences, and has delivered lectures at museums, bookshops, high schools, and trade unions. These experiences have endowed him with valuable organisational, administrative, income-generation, and public outreach skills.

Personal identification

Full name
Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez

Citation names

  • Rodriguez, Arturo

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • arturo.zoffmann@eui.eu (Professional)
  • azoffmann@fcsh.unl.pt (Professional)


Mobile phone
  • (+34) 651360114 (Personal)


Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - History and Archaeology - History


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Spanish; Castilian (Mother tongue)
Catalan (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Greek Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Italian Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1)
Russian Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
French Upper intermediate (B2) Proficiency (C2) Upper intermediate (B2) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1)
German Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2)
Turkish Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1)
Degree Classification
2015/09/01 - 2019/06/25
PhD in European History and Civilisation (Doctor of Philosophy)
European University Institute, Italy
"The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2015/09/01 - 2016/06/30
M.Res. in European History and Civilisation (Master)
European University Institute, Italy
2013/10/15 - 2015/07/15
MPhil in Modern British and European History (Master)
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
"‘We behaved like real Bolsheviks’: the Spanish CNT and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2010/09/25 - 2013/07/01
History (Bachelor)
University College London, United Kingdom
"How to Live and What to Do?’ The Identity of the Russian Working Class in a Period of Ideological Crisis: 1900-1921" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
First Class Honours


Host institution
2021/07/15 - 2027/07/15 Researcher (Research) Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2023/10/15 - 2024/01/15 Visiting Researcher (Research) Panteion Panepistemio Koinonikon kai Politikon Epistemon, Greece
2020/03/01 - 2021/02/28 Postdoc (Research) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Mexico
2015/09 - 2019/06 Researcher (Research) European University Institute, Italy

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2022/10/01 - 2022/12/31 Visiting Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
2021/01/01 - 2021/06/01 Visiting Professor (University Teacher) El Colegio de México AC, Mexico
2018/04/01 - 2019/06/01 Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universitat de Barcelona Facultat de Geografia i Història, Spain


Designation Funders
2023/10 - Current Transiciones: desmontaje de dictaduras y construcción de democracias en perspectiva comparada
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Universidad de Granada, Spain


Designation Funders
2018/06/01 - Current The Hispanic-Anglosphere: Transnational networks, global communities, 1700-1900s
PhD Student Fellow
Arts and Humanities Research Council, United Kingdom


  1. The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917–24. The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917–24. United Kingdom: Routledge. 2023.
Book chapter
  1. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Communism". In The Interwar World. United Kingdom: Routledge, 2023.
  2. "La Primera Guerra Mundial y la crisis de la Restauración". In La lucha por la democracia en España y Europa: 1868-1936,. Spain: Trea, 2022.
  3. Rodriguez, Arturo. "The Anarchist Feedback Loop: Spanish Solidarity Campaigns in London and Paris and the Birth of Revolutionary Syndicalism, 1896-1913". In The Hispanic Anglosphere, edited by Graciela Iglesias-Rogers. United Kingdom: Routledge, 2020.
    In press
  4. Rodriguez, Arturo. "El bolchevique ruso era un semidiós: el anarquismo español ante la revolución rusa". In Centenari de la revolució russa, edited by Andreu Mayayo; José Manuel Rúa; Antoni Segura, 529-539. Barcelona, Spain: Universitat de Barcelona Edicions, 2019.
  5. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Andreu Nin, Joaquín Maurín y los comunistas-sindicalistas de la CNT: nuevas perspectivas desde los archivos rusos". In La Revolución rusa pasó por aquí, edited by Pelai Pagès i Blanch; Pepe Gutiérrez, 99-135. Barcelona, Spain: Laertes, 2017.
Book review
  1. Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez. "Zoffmann Rodriguez on Studer, 'Travellers of the World Revolution: A Global History of the Communist International'". (2024): https://networks.h-net.org/group/reviews/20024465/zoffmann-rodriguez-studer-travellers-world-revolution-global-history.
  2. "Review: Ismee Tames & Robert Gildea, Fighters across frontiers: Transnational resistance in Europe, 1936-48". Review of Fighters across frontiers: Transnational resistance in Europe, 1936-48 51, 3 (2021): https://doi.org/10.1177/02656914211028812d.
  3. Rodriguez, Arturo. "The Red International of Labour Unions (RILU), 1921-1937". Review of The Red International of Labour Unions (RILU), 1921-1937. In: Ebre 38: Revista Internacional de la Guerra Civil Española 9, (2019): 313-318. http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/ebre38/article/view/30471/30630.
  4. Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez. "Assassins against the Old Order: Italian Anarchist Violence in Fin de Siècle Europe". 24, 5 (2019): 761-762. https://doi.org/10.1080/1354571X.2019.1681709.
  5. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Goals and Means: Anarchism, Syndicalism and Internationalism in the Origins of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica". Review of Goals and Means: Anarchism, Syndicalism and Internationalism in the Origins of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica 21, 1 (2017): 139-141. https://lefthistory.ca/.
Journal article
  1. Zoffmann Rodriguez, Arturo. "National Interests and Local Loyalties: Desertion and Subversion across the Spanish-Portuguese Border, 1914–19". The International History Review (2024): 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2024.2320221.
    Published • 10.1080/07075332.2024.2320221
  2. Arturo Zoffmann Rodríguez. "Guerra, exilio y comunismo: Charles Phillips y los slackers de México, 1917-1921". Secuencia (2022): https://doi.org/10.18234/secuencia.v0i114.1981.
  3. Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez. "Neutrality and Internationalism: The Russian Exiles in Spain, 1914–1920". Contemporary European History (2022): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960777321000461.
  4. Arturo Zoffmann Rodríguez. "Embajadas y barricadas: Mijaíl Borodin, su equipo y los orígenes del comunismo en México y España, 1919-1920". Estudios de Historia Moderna y Contemporánea de México (2021): https://doi.org/10.22201/iih.24485004e.2021.62.77306.
  5. Rodriguez, Arturo Zoffmann. "Deserters of War, Soldiers of Revolution: Charles Francis Phillips and the Origins of Communism in the Americas, 1914–21". American Communist History (2021): 1-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14743892.2021.1978775.
    Published • 10.1080/14743892.2021.1978775
  6. Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez; Juan Cristóbal Marinello Bonnefoy. "A Proletarian Turf War: The Rise and Fall of Barcelona's Sindicatos Libres, 1919–1923". International Review of Social History 66 2 (2021): 243-271. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020859021000213.
  7. Rodriguez, Arturo. "I skia tou Oktovri ston kauto Iouli: i anamnisi tis Rosikis Epanastasis sto anarxiko dialogo pano sto thema tis exousias, Ispania 1936". Outopia 131 (2020): 36-64.
  8. Rodriguez, Arturo. "De Moscú a Zaragoza: La ruptura de la CNT y la Internacional Comunista, octubre de 1921-junio de 1922". Ayer: Revista de Historia Contemporánea (2020):
  9. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Esdevenint comunistes de partit: el grup La Batalla i els orígens del PCE a Catalunya". Segle XX: Revista catalana d'història 7 (2020): 13-32.
    Open access • Accepted
  10. Rodriguez, Arturo; Stephen A. Smith; George Souvlis. "An Interview with S. A. Smith". Revolutionary Russia 31 2 (2018): 208-225.
  11. Zoffmann-Rodriguez, Arturo. "Anarcho-syndicalism and the Russian Revolution: Towards a political explanation of a fleeting romance, 1917–22". Revolutionary Russia 31 2 (2018): 226-246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546545.2018.1535949.
  12. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Off to Moscow with no passports and no money' : the 1921 Spanish syndicalist delegation to Russia". European History Quarterly 48 3 (2018): 435-461.
    Published • 10.1177/0265691418777982
  13. Rodriguez, Arturo. "An Uncanny Honeymoon: Spanish Anarchism and the Bolshevik Dictatorship of the Proletariat, 1917–22". International Labor and Working-Class History 94 (2018): 5-26. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-labor-and-working-class-history/article/an-uncanny-honeymoon-spanish-anarchism-and-the-bolshevik-dictatorship-of-the-proletariat-191722/3F3300AD7151D1DBD596E91AA23EB418.
  14. Rodriguez, Arturo. "El menchevique madrile¿o: Nikol¿i Tasin y la revoluci¿n rusa en Espa¿a". Ebre 38 8-2018 (2018): 25-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1344/ebre38-2018.8.2.
    Published • 10.1344/ebre38-2018.8.2
  15. "An uncanny honeymoon : Spanish anarchism and the Bolshevik dictatorship of the proletariat, 1917-22". (2018):
  16. Rodriguez, Arturo. ",,Marxistisch und Proudhonistisch Zugleich’’: die Kommunisten-Syndikalisten der Spanischen CNT". Arbeit-Bewegung-Geschichte 16 3 (2017): 74-96. https://www.arbeit-bewegung-geschichte.de/.
  17. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Lenin in Barcelona : the Russian revolution and the Spanish trienio bolchevista, 1917-1920". Slavic Review 76 3 (2017): 229-236.
    Published • 10.1017/slr.2017.170
  1. Rodriguez, Arturo. Using Government Sources for Researching Civil Unrest: The Case of the ‘Security Arrests’ in Malaysia, 1965. Marlborough, United Kingdom: Adam Matthew Digital. 2021.
Online resource
  1. Rodriguez, Arturo. Claramunt Creus, Teresa 1862-1931). 2020. https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/individuals/claramunt-creus-teresa-1862-1931/.
  2. Rodriguez, Arturo. Pedro Vallina (1879-1970). 2020. https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/individuals/vallina-martinez-pedro-1879-1970/.
  3. Rodriguez, Arturo. Tarrida del Mármol, Fernando (1861-1915). 2020. https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/individuals/tarrida-del-marmol-fernando-1861-1915/.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Rodriguez, Arturo. "The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24". PhD, European University Institute, 2019. https://opac.eui.eu/client/en_GB/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:467207/ada?qu=the+spanish+anarchists+russian.
  2. Rodriguez, Arturo. "The Spanish anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24". 2019.
  3. Rodriguez, Arturo. ""We behaved like real Bolsheviks": the Spanish CNT and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24". Master, University of Oxford Faculty of History, 2015.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/11/15 Justiça com as próprias mãos: polícia privada, paramilitares e somatens na crise da Restauração na Espanha, 1917-1923 Polícia(s) e Sociedade.
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisboa, Portugal)
2021/10/28 Fascist labour? Barcelona’s Sindicatos Libres and the Spanish far right, 1919-23 Neo-fascism and the radical right
Universidade do Porto (Porto, Portugal)
2020/10/20 De México a Moscú pasando por Madrid: Mijaíl Borodin y los orígenes del comunismo en México y España Seminario permanente México-España
Colegio de México (Mexico City, Mexico)
2019/12/05 Freedom deferred’: Francesc Cambó and the Crisis of Spanish Liberalism, 1917-23 Construção do Estado, Movimentos Sociais e Economia Política
New University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)
2019/06 The shadow of October in the heat of July: the memory of the Russian Revolution in the Spanish anarchist “debate on power”, July-September 1936 Historical Materialism
University of Panteion (Athens, Greece)
2018/10 An honest worker against the red tyrants: Barcelona’s dirty war between libres and cenetistas Industrial Vigilantism, Strikebreaking and Patterns of Anti-Labour Violence, 1890s-1930s
The University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)
2018/06 Revolutionary cosmopolitanism in action: The London protests over Francesc Ferrer’s execution, 1909 The Hispanic-Anglosphere Workshop
The University of Winchester (Winchester, United Kingdom)
2017/12 "We behaved like real Bolsheviks”: the Spanish CNT and the Russian Revolution, 1917-1924 The Centenary of the October Revolution
New University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)
2017/11 “El anarquista ruso era un semidiós”: el anarcosindicalismo español ante la Revolución rusa, 1917-1923 Centenario de la Revolución rusa
University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
2017/05 ‘“Anarchists will have to act as bosses”: the Spanish anarchists, the Soviet regime, and the question of political power, 1917-36 Beyond 1917: socialism, power and social change
The University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)
2017/03 'Behind me, the Cheka, the persecutions, but also the seeds of a new world’: anarchist travellers in Soviet Russia, 1917-24 Reform and revolution in Europe, 1917-1919
University of Tampere (Tampere, Finland)
2016/06 The Spanish anarchists and the Russian Revolution, 1917-24 World Counterrevolutions: 1917-1920 from a global perspective
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität (Hanover, Germany)


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2022 - Current Low Tide. The Soviet Mith in Southern Europe between 1975 and 1991: the Collective imaginary and self-representation of Communists in Italy, Spain, Portugal

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2019/07/08 - Current Co-organiser, International Conference: Communicating Community: Anarchism and its Boundaries (2019/07)
Conference (Co-organisor)
European University Institute, Italy
2021/11/26 - 2021/11/27 International Conference: National Liberation, World Revolution: Anti-Colonialism and the Origins of Communism, 1914-24 (2021/11/26 - 2021/11/27)
Conference (President of the Organising Committee)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2017/10/05 - 2017/10/07 Co-organiser, International Conference, The peripheries of the European revolutionary process(es): 1917-23 (2017/10)
Conference (Co-organisor)
European University Institute, Italy

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2023/11/02 - Current The constitutional road to dictatorship: states of exception and authoritarianism in interwar Europe
Methodological Questions in Social Sciences], University of Crete, 2023
Panepistemio Kretes, Greece
2023/10/24 - Current Guest discussant: Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez, ‘Communist Internationalism and Anticolonial Cultures: the place of Africa’
A world without empire? Encounters and connections between African, European, and Soviet Communists, 1920s to 1970s
Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
2023/09/06 - Current The Sindicatos Libres: trade union violence and right-wing mass politics, 1917-23
Congreso de la Asociación de Historia Contemporánea
Universidad de la Rioja, Spain
2022/04/02 - Current States of exception, militarism, and the crisis of the liberal state: Spain and Portugal, 1917-26
Historical Materialism International Conference, Kadir Has University
Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Turkey

Ad Hoc journal article review

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2024/02/01 - Current Historia Social
2024/01/15 - Current Historical Materialism
2021/11/01 - Current Journal of Global History (1740-0228)
2021/04/01 - Current Visioni Latinoamericane (2035-6633) Università di Trieste
2020/12/01 - Current Left History (1913-9632) University of Toronto
2020/04/01 - Current História: Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (978-0-19-873163-4)

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2017/01 - Current The Hispanic Anglosphere Associate Researcher

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2023/06 - Current Espanha traumática: guerra, ditadura, resistencias, 1936-1975
2022/06 - Current A crise do estado liberal no contexto ibérico IHC-NOVA-FCSH

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2023/12/02 - Current The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution History Panepistemio Ioanninon, Greece
2023/11/06 - Current The Spanish Anarchists and the Russian Revolution Sociology Panepistemio Kretes, Greece
2022/10/01 - 2022/12/22 História da Revolçao Russa (Master) Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
2022/03/03 - 2022/03/04 First-year PhD course in the Global History of Empire PhD in Global History of Empires (Doctor) Università degli Studi di Torino Dipartimento di Studi Storici, Italy
2021/12/10 - 2021/12/10 Guest lecturer: Proletarian turf war: the rise and fall of Barcelona's Sindicatos Libres, 1919-23 Politics and violence in the contemporary age (Master) Università degli Studi di Padova Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche Geografiche e dell¿Antichità, Italy
2021/01 - 2021/06 Historia contemporánea de Rusia Relaciones Internacionales (Bachelor) El Colegio de México AC, Mexico
2018/04/01 - 2019/06/01 Visiting professor at the University of Barcelona during the spring terms of 2018 and 2019. I taught the section of the Contemporary History module dealing with the Eastern bloc and the Soviet Union in 1945-1991. Història (Bachelor) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Departament d'Història Moderna i Contemporània, Spain

Evaluation committee

Activity description
Institution / Organization Funding entity
2024/02/01 - Current Evaluation of post-doc grant applications.
Casa de Velázquez, Spain

Interview (tv / radio show)

Program Topic
2023/12/15 - Current Jacobin Greece History of Spanish Anarchism


2020 UNAM post-doctoral grant in the humanities
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
2018 Ayudas de estancias breves (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte)
2016 EUI research grant
European University Institute, Italy
2015 Salvador de Madariaga PhD scholarship