Joseph J. Viscomi completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan in 2016. Joseph's primary research interests are in migration and historical consciousness in the Mediterranean since the late-nineteenth century. His first manuscript, tentatively entitled, “Out of Time: History, Presence, and the Departure of the Italians of Egypt, 1933-present,” explores how the Italians of Egypt (gli italiani d’Egitto)--a population that numbered around 55,000 persons on the eve of the Second World War--anticipated, experienced and remembered their departures from Egypt. The manuscript moves through, and demonstrates the connections between, different scales of social, legal, and political histories. His work builds on archival, oral-historical and ethnographic research that has been supported by a CES-Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, a Fulbright, and by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. Currently, Joseph is working on several publications based on this research. He is also developing a new project that studies the abandonment of villages and towns in Calabria, Italy, since the 1930s. Joseph’s teaching interests cover modern and contemporary Italian, European, and Mediterranean history and anthropology.