Political cultures and participation in democratization processes (19th-21st centuries)

This research group analyses the processes of democratization that have taken place in Europe and in some extra-European countries using an interdisciplinary approach and a diachronic perspective. In particular, it focuses on the following research fields:
a) the study of the cultural and political processes whereby certain legal institutions and some founding values of liberal democracies faced difficult transitions into different cultural and social contexts;
b) the institutional and political transformations of Western Europe’s political systems in the face of the crisis of representative democracy, with a specific in-depth study of Germany’s history and its current situation;
c) the processes of democratization in some Eastern European countries, presented as case studies;
d) the process of democratization of international organizations;
e) the phenomenon of international migrations in the Mediterranean and the many cultural, political, social and linguistic repercussions in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
These topics have been the subject of conferences, workshops and seminars for secondary school students and of training courses for secondary school teachers.


Researcher in Contemporary history.

Senior researcher at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Perugia, he teaches “State building and Democratization” and “Politics of Migration in the contemporary world” for the Master’s degree course “International Relations” and “Contemporary history II” for the Master’s degree course “Philosophy and Ethics of Relations”. In 2005, he gained his doctorate of research degree in “Contemporary political history in the 19th and 20th centuries” from the University of Bologna. His studies focus, principally, on the history of contemporary Italy, with an emphasis on the Italian unification period, the Great War, the Republican political system and foreign immigration. His publications include the monographs “The weight of history”, il Mulino 2007 and “Garibaldi”, il Mulino, 2010. He is currently carrying out research into Vietnamese refugees who arrived in Italy between 1978 and 1979. Read more


Senior Assistant Professor of History of Political Thought.

She teaches US Foreign Policy in the Master degree in International Relations.
Her main areas of interest include the democratic and totalitarian regimes during the Cold War, political transitions towards democracy, the political ideology of fascism, the fascist memory after 1945, the liberal-democratic culture in Italy.
On these topics, she has published two books and a number of articles. She has taken part in several joint research projects with various public and private institutions. Read more

Full professor, History and institutions of Africa.

Geographical research area: North Africa. Main research interests: cultural pluralism and modernity, Italian colonialism and its legacy, Italian communities, Nationalism and National identity, the role of civil society in democratization processes.
I have conducted extensive studies and research in many European countries as well as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco, collaborating with foreign and local institutions and participating in many long-term international research programs. Read more

Researcher in English Language and Translation.

A member of the LEPA Research Area “Legality and participation in the processes of democratisation”, she has spent several years teaching and doing research in a number of London universities and at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators of the University of Bologna.
Her main research interests lie in translation, popular culture, Scottish literature and language; on these themes she has published articles and essay in national and international journals and edited books. She has recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Perspectives about Popular Fiction in Translation (2018). Read more

Assistant Professor in Political Science. Read more

Full Professor, History of Political Thought.

His research field concerns the history of modern and contemporary political thought, and published books and articles on the tradition of political realism: N. Machiavelli, R. Michels, G. Mosca, C. Schmitt, G. Miglio, R. Aron, J. Freund, etc.
He has also worked on a variety of research projects on some key concepts of political theory, in particularly about “nation” , “nationalism”, “fascism”, “populism”, and “right”.
His works have been translated in English, French, German, Spanish, and Hungarian.
In 2010 he founded the journal “Rivista di Politica”, of which he is editor in chief (www.rivistadipolitica.it). Read more

Full Professor, Contemporary History.

He coordinates the programme of seminars and conferences of the Department and is a member of the PhD Program Committee in “Politics, public policy and globalization”.
His main research interests lie in Italian twentieth century history and, in particular, in the history of Fascism and the political system of Republican Italy.
He has authored several books and papers in peer reviewed journals. His latest books concern the problem of political legitimation/delegitimation in the Italian national State, the relationship between the State and the Fascist Party in the “Ventennio” and the welfare state as the gravitating centre of the Italian political system in the post-war years. Read more

Associate Professor, History modern.

Associate Professor, History modern. Read more

Researcher, International Law.

Researcher and aggregate professor in International Law, she is member of the editorial committees of the Journal ‘Diritti umani e diritto internazionale’ and of the ‘Trattato di Diritto internazionale’ (UTET Giuridica, 2015). She is the author of several international law articles and of a book on jurisdiction in maritime spaces beyond territorial sovereignty (Wolters Kluwer/CEDAM, 2018). Member of the Italian Society of International Law (ISIL) and of the ISIL Group of interest on International and European Migration and Asylum Law. Her main fields of research are International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International and European Migration Law. Read more

Researcher, Contemporary History.

She is a member of the organizing committee of the annual seminar programme “I Mercoledì di Scienze politiche” and a member of the committee responsible for the communication strategy of the Department of Political Science and for incoming students’ orientation. Her published work focuses on the history of racism and eugenics in the first half of the 20th century. Her current research interests include women’s history, especially in regard to demographics and reproductive politics in the twentieth century. Read more

Researcher in French Language and Translation.

Member of the LEPA Research Area “Legality and participation in the processes of democratisation” (with particular reference to the countries around the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe) and the Erasmus Commission of the DISP.
Her research interests include French as a lingua franca in the 18th and 19th centuries, translation studies and diachronic lexicology. She has published volumes and articles in national and international collected volumes and journals focusing on the language of the Countess of Albany, the Italian translations of Chateaubriand and the Dictionnaire critique de la langue française by Jean-François Féraud. Read more

Associate Professor, History of Political Thought.

Coordinator of the Phd program in Politics, Public Policies and Globalization.
He is the author/editor of more than hundred scientific products, including six books and more than thirty papers. He is Chief Editor of the Journal ‘Il pensiero politico’ and member of the Scientific Committee of several book series focused on the History of Political Thought.
His main field of research is the development of democratic ideas and lexicon in Europe, and especially in France, during the XIXth Century. Read more

Associate Professor of History of International Relations.

He is Coordinator of Cirseu (International Center for Research and Eurasian Studies) and he is the author of several publications that mainly concern Russia, the Soviet Union and diplomatic relations with Italy. He is a member of the editorial boards of Journals and he is an advisor for a number of Italian, Russian and Romanian Journals. He directs two series of historical studies “EurAsia” and “I Quaderni del Cirseu” and obtained an international award from the “Dante Alighieri Society” of Saint Petersburg for the publication of the book Dio salvi lo zar (Loffredo, Naples 2012). Read more

Assistant Professor of History of International relations.

She teaches East Asian history and culture. Before joining the DISP at Unipg, she taught History of International relations at La Sapienza University of Rome and was Visiting research fellow at University College Dublin (UCD).
She has participated to several research projects and has published three monographs and numerous essays in professional journals. She is member of the editorial board of several scientific journals and is the chief editor of a book series in Contemporary history.
Her main research interests lie in: the foreign policy of liberal Italy; Italian foreign policy in the interwar years; the relations between the Allies during and after WWII; and, more recently, the rise of China as a global power in the international system. Read more

Research Fellow in History of political thought.

She got her PhD in History of Modern and Contemporary European Political Thought at the University of Perugia. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal «Il Pensiero Politico». She spent several periods of study in the United States, in particular she was hosted at the “Eric Voegelin Institute” of the Louisiana State University, and attended many of the annual meetings of the “American Political Science Association-Eric Voegelin Society”. She has published monographs and articles in journals of national and international interest. Read more

Associate Professor in International History.

She teaches International organizations history and International aid history and politics in the graduate course in International Relations.
She is a member of the Scientific board of the book series “Storia delle organizzazioni internazionali e dei processi e movimenti di cooperazione internazionale” (Cedam/Kluwer), and a member of the research group for the publication of the Italian diplomatic documents (Series G – International organizations and global questions). Her publications include essays and articles on the history of international aid during the Cold War years, on Italian foreign aid and on US foreign policy. Her research interests include North-South economic and political relations; the history of the UN and its specialized agencies; the reform and democratization of international organizations. Read more

Full Professor in Political Economics.

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Associate Professor, English language and translation.

His research interests range from comics in translation, to corpus-based translation studies and news translation. His publications include the volumes (all published by Routledge) Translation-driven corpora (2012) Comics in Translations (2008, editor) and Corpora in Translator Education (2003, co-editor), and articles in a number of journals and edited volumes. He is co-editor of the online translation journal inTRAlinea, and is in the advisory board of various international journals. Read more