Enzo Traverso (born in 1957) is an Italian historian who lived and worked in France for over twenty years. He studied modern history at the University of Genoa and obtained his PhD at EHESS (Paris) in 1989. A specialist of contemporary Europe, he focuses on intellectual history and twentieth century political thought in a comparative and transnational perspective. Enzo Traverso has published several books on totalitarianism and the Holocaust. One of his most widely translated books is La violence nazie. Une généalogie européenne, 2002 (The Origins of Nazi Violence). He worked at the International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam and was a lecturer at Paris 8 University and EHESS. He is currently a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.