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Supervision is an exciting journey for students and the supervisor as well. PhD students come with a baggage full of ideas, of themes they wish to explore, and stories they want to tell. Sometimes they want to write the book. I tailor supervision to their individual aims and needs; I do my best to channel their passion, to turn their ideas into feasible projects, to find the appropriate balance between enthusiasm and discipline, creativity and rigorousness. I often act as facilitator. It is my duty to allow PhD candidates to find their own way of writing history, to go beyond labels and petty parochialism, to make their voices heard in the texts they write. I encourage students to take ownership of their projects. I want them to take on responsibility for their projects from the outset since I believe this helps them to persevere and eventually overcome all difficulties intrinsic to any PhD journey. I invite students to be creative and original. History is craftsmanship, and each of us shapes the object of her/his analysis in a unique way. 

Students I had and still have the privilege to supervise work on very different subjects. Thorough conversations with me determine the thematic, spatial and temporal boundaries of their research as well as the protagonists of their stories. This explains why some students (see the two columns below) work on subjects related to my fields of specialisation whilst others work on topics such as the history of rap in France, of meat in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, or the history of US domestic and foreign empire. 

Some of the students I supervised pursued academic careers as post-docs or lecturers; others started different professional careers as consultants in the public sector or for private companies. History can bring you everywhere you wish to go.

I started supervising PhD projects in 2008. I have been second reader of research projects on the history of Enlightenment; the Christian roots of the European Union; Allied bombing during the Second World War; American Women and International Geneva; Violations of human rights in Brazil; US politics and human rights policies in the Southern Cone during President Carter Presidency; Telegraphy, News and Financial Markets during the 19th century; Anglo-American Relations and NATO; Ceausescu's diplomacy in the Middle East; The Myth of Legalism in U.S. Foreign Relations, 1895-1948; Dissident Historians' Underground Accounts of the Soviet Past (1956-1985); The League of Nations and the protection of refugees; the Transformation of Water Markets in Chile since the 1970s; Italian relations with China since 1945.

At the Graduate Institute, I have been second reader of theses in International Relations/Political Sciences; Anthropology and Sociology. I served as external expert at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, EUI-Florence, Oxford, Manchester, and EHESS-Paris. Below, a list of ongoing projects I have the pleasure to supervise and a lists of defended theses. I am very proud of each of these ex-students and of their projects.


Camilla Della Giovampaola, 

The Philanthropy Phenomenon.

The Making of 21st Century Institutional Private Philanthropy in the Emirate of Dubai.

Aminata Buganzi Kinana, Women, Colonial Hybridity and Nationalism in Zanzibar and Réunion.

Alessandro Ambrosino, Border/Regional History: the frontier between Slovenia and Italy

Ahmad Fahoum Ruling them through their Waters: Water Management, Sanitary Engineering and Impact of Water Networks on Mandated Palestine, 1917-1948

Zubin Malhotra, An Age Old Challenge or an Emerging Norm? The history of a Humanitarian Negotiations Beyond the State 

 Joshua Thew, US educational programmes in the Middle East in the early- and mid- 20th century


Shaloma Gauthier, The Actors Involved in State-Building under the League of Nations and the United Nations, 1919-1990

Jaclyn Granick, Humanitarian Responses to Jewish Suffering abroad by American Jewish Organizations, 1900s-1930s

Lukas Schemper, Humanity Unprepared: International Organization and the Management of Natural Disaster (1921-1991) 

Yitang Lin, A World Language for Public Health. Statistical Practices of International Health Organizations and their Implementations in Republic of China (1919-1971).

Anca Cretu, Interwar American Assistance in Southeast Europe: Motivations, Methods and Reception in Romania & Yugoslavia (1918-1938)

Lola Wilhelm, The Business of Development. Nestlé's Involvement in Agriculture, Public Health and Humanitarian Relief, 1880s-1970s 


Tatjana Eichert, Yekkes and Arabs. Encounters Between German-Speaking Jewish Immigrants and Arab Palestinians in British Mandate Palestine,1920-1948. 

Jon Schmitt, Unrecognized States: The Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, (Inter)national Law, and the American Imperial Archipelago, 1823-1919

Paroma Ghose, "Silence... On Est en France": A Rap History of the "Other" in France 1881-2012 

Efrat Gilad, The Politics of Meat in Tel Aviv and Jaffa under the British Mandate: Culture, Commerce, Consumption in Historical Perspective.

Giuliano Fleri, People with No Name. Allegiances and Migrations between Sicily andTunisia (c.1900-1970)

Sometimes, the PhD journey looks like Bukowski's poem; very often it is a lot less tragic, though one thing is for sure. If one wishes to complete a PhD, one has to persevere, persevere and persevere. 
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