David Petruccelli

PhD candidate in History, Yale University

Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2011 – June 2012)


International Criminal Policing in Europe, 1890-1950

My dissertation examines the development and internationalization of criminal police forces, charged with investigating crimes such as murder, theft, and fraud, in Europe from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The detectives of these forces developed a professional identity based around common aspirations and practices reaching across European borders. While working at the IWM, I shall be researching the International Criminal Police Commission (now known as Interpol), an organization founded in Vienna in 1923 to coordinate the activities of various national forces.