HIGGINS, Valerie (Program Director)

Valerie Higgins has an honours degree in ‘Ancient and Mediaeval History and Archaeology’ from the University of Liverpool and a Master’s in ‘Economic Archaeology’ from the University of Sheffield. She then worked as a professional archaeologist in local government before returning to the University of Sheffield to complete a Ph.D. on human remains from an Italian monastery site. After periods of research in the United States and New Zealand she came to live in Rome where she has been teaching and researching Italian archaeology.
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Professor Diane Abi Khalil, M.A.

Adjunct Professor Abi Khalil has extensive experience as a consultant in international cooperation, crisis management, humanitarian negotiations, protection and other humanitarian field activities and programs. She has worked in many regions of the world, including Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan and Republic of Central Africa. 

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Professor Irene Caratelli, PhD

Associate Professor of International Relations. Research focuses on international relations, European studies and international political economy. Prof. Caratelli also has extensive experience as a policy analyst and consultant.

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Professor Catherine Cornet, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Her research focuses on International relations, Mediterranean Studies and Middle Eastern politics and cultures. Professor Cornet is also an arabist and journalist covering the Middle East and North Africa and has an extensive experience of European Research projects on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern issues.

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Professor Alessandro Mulieri, PhD

Visiting Adjunct Professor. Alessandro's research and teaching interests focus on political theory, history of political thought, domestic and international politics and public discourse. He also has experience as a journalist and policy analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Professor Cecilia Sottilotta, PhD

Professor Sottilotta's research interests span themes such as political risk, including security issues, state-MNEs relations, trade, regionalism and development, and the current and future dynamics of European fiscal and monetary integration.  

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Professor Shirin Zakeri, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Professor Zakeri has different teaching experiences in​ ​the University of Rome ​La ​Sapienza ​and University of Pisa. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 201​6-2017​ and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ​in ​2013-2014.  Her area studies are the MENA region and the Persian Gulf countries.

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