Giulia Barrera is an archivist and an Africanist historian (Ph.D. in African history, Northwestern University, USA, 2002), who currently works in the Italian Directorate General of Archives, where she is in charge of international relations. Her research interests focus on the one hand on issues of gender and race in colonial Eritrea, and on the other hand on issues concerning archives and human rights. From 2003 through 2006, she acted as history consultant for the Prosecutor's Office of Rome for a judicial investigation regarding 25 Italian citizens desaparecidos in different Latin American countries in the 1970s. In the fall semester 2006, she was a temporary lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Dept. of French and Italian. Since 2006, she teaches archival research and document analysis for a Master course on investigative journalism. From 2001 through 2005, she has been a member of the board of directors of the Società italiana delle storiche (Italian Society of Women Historians).