Professeur d'Histoire & Politique Internationale

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - Switzerland

I teach and research the history and politics of international organisations, of western humanitarianism, of transnational movements, philanthropic foundations, and racism. I studied and published on authoritarian and totalitarian regimes and humanitarian interventions. I have a longstanding interest for International Law and its history. I am passionate about visual politics and photography in particular. I supervise master and PhD students with a variety of interests (read more about them and about me on this website). I teach for Smith College undergraduate exchange students and I am director of an executive education programme on international advocacy. Since 2020 I am the head of Interdisciplinary Program of the Graduate Institute (aka MINT - see below). 

The new Master in International and Development Studies (application start in October 2021) is anchored as strongly as ever to Genève internationale. The Graduate Institute's research and teaching remit coincide with what international Geneva has been standing for more than one century. 

Night on Earth. A History of International Humanitarianism in the Near East, 1918-1930, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).


‘What Riding an Old Triumph Motorcycle Taught Me About International Societies, Academic ‘Turns’ and Dead-Ends, H-Diplo Roundtable Review of Erez Manela, International Society as a Historical Subject, Diplomatic History, 44, 2, 2020, 184-209.


‘Relief and Reconstructive humanitarian work of the American Red Cross in Jerusalem and Palestine 1917-1919’, Journal of Migration History Special issue Refugeedom and the Making of the Middle East, 6, 2020, 16-39.

Certainty, Compassion and the Ingrained Arrogance of Humanitarians, Manchester University Press, 2020, 27-44.