Current  Position

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Catania

Qualified to Full Professor of Political Science.

Chair of the MA program in Global Politics and Euromediterranean relations (GLOPEM).

2021-2025: Institutional Erasmus Coordinator, University of Catania.

Visiting Professor of Political Violence and Terrorism, OSCE Academy, Bishkek.

Vice-Coordinator of the PhD Programme on Political Sciences, University of Catania.

Member of the ECPR Executive Committee. 

Chair of the ECPR Working Group on Academic Freedom.

Chair of the Committee of the Hedley Bull Prize for International Relations.

Chair of  the ISA Robert W. & Jessie Cox Award Committee.



1999 – University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences. Degree in International Political Sciences, cum laude.  Degree thesis in History of International Relations on “The Peace Process in Northern Ireland”.

2004 – PhD in International Relations.

2000-2003: PhD program in International Relations, University of Catania. Dissertation on Criminal States.


Teaching & Research Positions

2004-2008 – Research Fellowship in Political Science, University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences.

2005-2009 – Lecturer of International Relations, University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences, Undergraduate course on International and European Studies.

2004-2008 – Lecturer of International Relations, University of Palermo, Faculty of Education, Undergraduate course on International Communication.

2007/2008 – Lecturer of United Nations (in English), University of Catania, Faculty of Political Sciences, Master course on EU Government and International Politics.

2011-2013: Member of the International PhD program in Global Politics and European Integration (XXIV cycle), Scuola Superiore di Catania.

2014: Director of the ERASMUS Intensive Programme, LLP 2013-1-IT2-ERA10-52933,‘Intensive Summer School on Serious and Organised Crime’, International Partnership: Universities of Catania, Bath, Masaryk (Brno), Nicolaus Copernicus (Torun).

2017: Member of the Book Prize Committee, IASOC Best Book on Organized Crime.

2018 – 2019: Member of the EUROMESCO Research Group on Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool.


Academic Service

2018-2021: Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP).

2018-2020: Member of the ISA Governing Council

2014-2021: Erasmus Coordinator, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania.

2017-2021: Deputy Director for Internationalization and Research, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania.

2017-2022: President of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA).

2020-2021: Member of the ISA Governing Council.

2019-2022: Chair of the ECPR Standing on International Relations.

2019-2022: Member of the ISA Robert W. & Jessie Cox Award Committee.

2020: Member of the Jury of the Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations.

2019-2021: Member of the ISA Governing Council.

2020-2022: Member of the International Advisory Board, Shri Venkateshwara University, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Editorial Activities

2018-2020: Member of the Editorial Board of EuropeNow (edited by Council of European Studies). Responsible of International Relations issues.

Reviewer for European Security; Global Crime; Journal of Contemporary European Research; European Review of Organised Crime, the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, International Social Science Journal, International Migration, Journal of Common Market Studies, Parliamentary Affairs; Contemporary Italian Politics, Global Health.

Member of the Editorial Board of:

Chief Editor of International and Political Studies.

Associate Editor of Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

Co-editor of the Springer book series on Non-State Actors in International Relations, together with Marianna Charountaki.


Visiting Fellowships

January-February 2002: Stony Brook University, New York.

October 2007: Clinton Institute for American Studies – University College Dublin, Ireland.

January-February 2009: Fulbright United States Institute on National Security – US Department of State; University of Delaware.

November 2009: Centre Catholique International (Geneva); Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institute of European Studies.

October – December (Michaelmas Term) 2012: Department of Sociology, and Extra-Legal Governance Institute (ExLegi), University of Oxford.

September- October 2015: DAAD Fellow at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

May 2016: EU Center of Excellence, University of Alberta, Canada.

January-February 2017: Erasmus Mundus Program MUNDUSMAPP, IBEI, Barcelona.

July-August 2019/January 2020: Marie Curie secondment (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 777786), Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.


Visiting Professorships

February 2013:  New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria. Courses: International Actors and Humanitarian Interventions; La politique étrangère de l’Union Européenne et les opérations de paix

April 2013: University of Economics Prague VŠE;  Metropolitan University Prague. Courses: The EU policies in tackling organised crime; The EU Foreign and Defence Policy.

December 2013: Dogus University, Istanbul. Courses: Non-governmental organizations and peace missions; Transnational Organized Crime and States; Organized Crime and the EU

March 2014: Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore. Course: The EU Strategies in Tackling the Crime-Terror Nexus in the Multilateral Context

February 2015: National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Courses: Insecurity Complexes: the relations among criminals, terrorists and insurgents; Italy between the two wars; Multicultural experiences in Europe.

March 2015: Faculty of Law and Administration, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun. Course: ‘The EU and counterterrorism strategy’

March 2016: John Jay College for Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York. Lecture: Insecurity complexes: the impact of criminals, terrorists and insurgents on global politics

 September 2016: Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands. Courses: NGOs, Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution: Measuring the impact of NGOs on Intergovernmental Organizations; The European Parliament and CSDP.

May 2019: Universidade de Beira Interior, Covilha, Portogallo. Courses: Terrorists and criminals affecting regional and global security: research trends and policy implications; The effects of populism in Italy.


Grants and Awards

1999 – Best Final Dissertation in International Politics, Bonino-Pulejo Foundation, Messina (30.000.000 Italian Lire)

2009: Research grant by the University of Catania. Research on “The role of NGOs in peace-building operations” (2.000 Euro)

2013 – Grant from Jean Monnet Action, Lifelong Learning Programme, for completing an ERASMUS Intensive Programme (IP) on ‘Intensive Summer School on Serious and Organised Crime’ (24.000 Euro)

2015 – DAAD Grant Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2.500 Euro).

2016 – Short term visiting researcher fellowship at the EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Alberta (3.300 Canadian Dollars)

2016 – Visiting researcher fellowship for Erasmus Mundus Program MUNDUSMAPP, IBEI, Barcelona.

2018: Research grant by the University of Catania, to complete and submit a research (10.000 Euro).

2020: The simulation Game of Peace awarded one of the best European teaching practices that enhance learning for international students (IMPACT Project) Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships 2019-1-SK01-KA203-060671.


Network and Associations 


ITALIAN, ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH (in descending order of proficiency).

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