Stefano Costalli is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political and Social Sciences. Stefano graduated in Political Science (summa cum laude) at the University of Florence, then received a Master's Degree in International Relations from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan and a Ph.D. from the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca. Before joining the Department, he worked at the Catholic University, Milan and in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, where he is still Research Fellow of the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation. He is also member of the Directive Board of the Italian Political Science Association and he has been Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Oxford.
His research interests include civil wars, political violence, peacekeeping, democratization processes, Mediterranean politics, political realism, quantitative methods for political research. His studies have appeared on journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Political Geography, World Politics.