Enzo Traverso (1957) is an Italian historian who has written on issues relating to the Holocaust and totalitarianism. After living and working in France for over 20 years, he is currently at Cornell University.
Traverso obtained a master's degree in modern history at the University of Genova, Italy, in 1982. After moving to Paris in 1985 to further pursue his academic trajectory he completed his Ph.D. program at School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in 1989. From 1989 through 1991 he worked for the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) based in Amsterdam, and after that in the Library of contemporary international documentation (BDIC) in Nanterre. He also held the position of a lecturer in the Departement of Political science at the University of Paris VIII (1993–1995) and at School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) (1994–1997). He was later a professor at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, a post he held from 2009 to 2013, when he joined the faculty at Cornell.
Some of his acclaimed works are Les Marxistes et la question juive (1990), L'Histoire déchirée, essai sur Auschwitz et les intellectuels (1997), À Feu et à sang: De la guerre civile européenne, 1914-1945 (2007.), Mélancolie de gauche: La force d’une tradition cachée (XIXe-XXIe siècle) (2016), Les nouveaux visages du fascisme (2017).