Professor Marla Stone is the author of The Patron State: Culture and Politics in Fascist Italy (Princeton University Press, 1998), When the Wall Came Down: Responses to German Reunification (edited with Harold James, Routledge, 1993), and The Fascist Revolution: Society, Politics and Culture in Mussolini's Italy (forthcoming from Bedford/St. Martin's in 2011). The Patron State was awarded the Howard Marraro prize for best book in Italian history by the Society for Italian Historical Studies in 2000. Her research has been supported by the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the American Academy in Rome, the Wolfsonian Foundation, the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation, the Italian Academy at Columbia University and the Eli Lilly Foundation.
In addition to contributions to a number of essay collections, Professor Stone has published articles in Constellations, The Journal of Contemporary History, The Journal of Modern Italian Studies, and Memoria e ricerca.
A specialist in questions of dictatorship and genocide in the modern era, Professor Stone's work emphasizes in particular the relationship among culture, politics, and the state in the 20th century. She has published extensively on a variety of topics in European history, including Italian Fascist cultural politics, Italian Holocaust memory culture, and the role of the American media in forging public consent for Nato intervention in Bosnia. In addition to Italian history, Professor Stone also publishes and teaches in the field of genocide studies.
Professor Stone is writing a book-length study of the role of anti-Bolshevism and anti-Communism in Italian politics and culture from Fascism through the First Republic entitled, Enemies in An Age of Ideology: Anti-Communism and the making of Italian Democracy. She has taught at Occidental College since 1994 and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.