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BIOGRAPHY

I am a historian at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland). These are my research and teaching interests:

I achieved my PhD at Graduate Institute of International Studies and University of Geneva in 2001. After a short assignment with the World Bank in Lithuania I was Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (2002-2004); Foreign Associate Researcher at the Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent in Paris (2004-2005); Academic Fellow - Research Council United Kingdom Academic Fellow - at the School of History, University of St Andrews (2005-2010); and SNSF – Research Professor (2008-2011). I was appointed Associate professor (2011-2014) and full professor since 2014 at the Graduate Institute, I served as head of the International History Department (2014-2017). My doctoral thesis was published in Italian in 2003 and in English as Fascism’s European Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006). I was grantee of the Rockefeller Archives Centre in 2011 and grantee of the SNSF ‘Sinergia’ programme on a project entitled Patterns of Transnational Regulation (2011-2014). I research the history of philanthropic foundations, and international public health since the nineteenth century. In 2011, I published Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire (1815-1914), the Birth of a Concept and International Practice (Princeton University Press). During the summer of 2012 the Kofi Annan Foundation mandated me to write a confidential report documenting the experience of the United Nations and League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria. More recently, From 2014 to 2017 I served as Chair of the International History Department. I co-edited and authored a volume on the history of Humanitarian Photography, a volume on Transnational Networks of Experts in the Long Nineteenth century, and another on the League of Nations’ social work. I taught for Smith College, for  the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, for several Executive Education programmes and, since 2016 I co-direct first and then directed a Certificate in Advanced Studies on International Advocacy. 

I currently work on a monograph tentatively entitled: Night on Earth – Humanitarian Organizations’ Relief and Rehabilitation Programmes on Behalf of Civilian Populations (1918-1939).