As of March 2020, Zoffmann Rodriguez is a fully funded post-doctoral research fellow 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 explores the protean figure of Mikhail Borodin, a Soviet diplomat and Comintern agent sent to Mexico in 1919 to negotiate with the country’s nationalist government. He uses Borodin as a window to explore the complex (and understudied) entanglements between the Mexican and the Russian Revolutions. In June 2019, Zoffmann Rodriguez obtained a PhD in European History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, funded by the highly-competitive Salvador de Madariaga programme. 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. He has published prolifically on topics related to his thesis and beyond for eminent peer-reviewed journals, such as Slavic Review, Revolutionary Russia, European History Quarterly, and International Labor and Working-Class History. He has also penned three book chapters and several book reviews. His command of nine languages (fluency in Spanish, Catalan, English, Russian, Greek, Italian, French, and reading level in German and Portuguese), as well as robust financial support from various institutions, has allowed him to pursue ambitious research in archives in Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, France, the UK, and Italy. Zoffmann Rodriguez has disseminated his research at various conferences and workshops in Oxford, Barcelona, Tampere, Budapest, Lisbon, Hannover, Winchester, London, Athens, and Florence. In 2017, he organised a highly successful international conference at the EUI, The Peripheries of the European Revolutionary Process(es), 1917-23, generously funded by the Robert Schuman Centre with an endowment of almost 10,000€. In July 2019, he organised an international workshop at the EUI with departmental and external funding, Communicating Community: Anarchism and its Boundaries. Through a lectureship at the University of Barcelona in spring 2018-19, he acquired extensive teaching experience, designing a lecture series on the global history of communism during the Cold War. He has also strived to disseminate his findings among non-academic audiences, and have 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)


Mobile phone
  • (+34) 651360114 (Personal)


  • https://me.eui.eu/arturo-zoffmann-rodriguez/ (Professional)

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 Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2)
French Upper intermediate (B2) Proficiency (C2) Upper intermediate (B2) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Elementary (A2) Advanced (C1) Elementary (A2) Advanced (C1) Elementary (A2)
German Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2)
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
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
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
2018 - Current The Hispanic-Anglosphere: Transnational networks, global communities, 1700-1900s
PhD Student Fellow
Arts and Humanities Research Council, United Kingdom


Book chapter
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Rodriguez, Arturo Zoffmann; Bonnefoy, Juan Cristóbal Marinello. "A Proletarian Turf War: The Rise and Fall of Barcelona's Sindicatos Libres, 1919–1923". International Review of Social History (2021): 1-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0020859021000213.
  4. 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.
  5. 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):
  6. Rodriguez, Arturo. "Esdevenint comunistes de partit: el grup La Batalla i els orígens del PCE a Catalunya". Segle XX: Revista catalana d'història (2020):
  7. Rodriguez, Arturo; Stephen A. Smith; George Souvlis. "An Interview with S. A. Smith". Revolutionary Russia 31 2 (2018): 208-225.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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/.
  13. 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)
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)

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
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

Association member

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

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
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


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