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Current  Position

July 2017 – National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor of Political Science and IR.

March 2016 –  Associate Professor of Political Science and IR, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania.

Erasmus Coordinator, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania.

Deputy Dean for Internationalization and Research, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania.

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

President of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA).

Convenor of ECPR Standing Group on International Relations, 2019-2021.

Member of the ISA Governing Council, 2020-2021.

Review Co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.


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.

2005/2006-2008/2009 – Lecturer of International Relations, University of Messina, Faculty of Political Sciences, Undergraduate course on International and European Studies.

2004/2005-2007/2008 – 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.

2013-2014 – Convenor of the International Relations Section; Annual Conferences of the Italian Political Scientist Association.

2013- till today: Member of the PhD program in Political Sciences, University of  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).

2016 till today: Member of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations.

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

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

Editorial Activities

2010 till today: 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, Parliamentary Diplomacy.

Member of the Editorial Board of:

Associate Editor (Book Reviews), Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

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: 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.

10-15 December 2018: Course on Political Violence and Terrorism, MA in Politics and Security; OSCE Academy Bishkek. 

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).


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