About me


My name is Leo Goretti, I am an editor and researcher with work and study experiences in Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. 


I was born in Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany. Since I was a child, I have developed a strong interest in books: at the age of 13, I was on the national committee of the 40th edition of the Bancarellino Prize (a prestigious literary prize for young-adult fiction).  


In Italy, I received a BA (Hons) in History and an MA (Hons) in Modern History from Florence University. I then moved to study abroad: I was a DAAD Fellow at the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung in Bonn, Germany, and received a PhD in Italian Studies from Reading University, in the United Kingdom. 


I began publishing academic articles when I was a student at Florence University. My MA thesis, which was awarded the Daniel Granger Prize, was turned into a monograph: I neri bianchi. Mezzadri di Greve in Chianti tra lotte sindacali e fuga dalle campagne. Odradek, 2008.  My article ‘Truman’s Bombs and De Gasperi’s Hooked Nose’ won the Christopher Seton-Watson Memorial Prize for the best published article on the journal Modern Italy nel 2011. 

Throughout my academic career, I obtained several grants and awards, for example from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Royal Historical Society and the Economic History Society.


Once I obtained the PhD, I decided to start a career in publishing: I was first a Marketing Intern at Verso Books, London, and then an Assistant Development Editor at Palgrave Macmillan, una one of the leading academi publishers at the global level. At Palgrave, I worked on the development of academic textbooks, liasing with the authors and helping create new multimedia pedagogical tools.


Thanks to these experiences I developed a unique set of skills, combining the eye for detail of an editor, the passion for research of a scholar, and a truly international outlook. If you are looking for a talented professional in the field of academic publishing, GorettEdit is the right answer.


Leo Goretti


"Leo was one of the most diligent, professional and thorough PhDs I have supervised." (Professor Christopher Duggan, University of Reading)

"Leo is a first-rate historian and researcher. His study of Communist youth in the period after the second world war is an important contribution to serious scholarship." (Professor Matthew Worley, University of Reading)


"Dr Goretti is one of the most gifted young scholars of his generation and certainly in the top 1% amongst the postgraduate students I have had the pleasure to advise." (Dr Daniela La Penna, University of Reading)

Books that I edited

Paul Beynon-Davies, Business Information Systems, 2nd edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013;

Thijs ten Raa, Microeconomics: Equilibrium and Efficiency. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013;

David Whiteley, An Introduction to Information Systems. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.