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Introducing: Guido Tintori

Guido Tintori is Marie Curie Fellow (Experienced Researcher) at our Institute since last November.

I was born and raised in the Milan metropolitan area, Italy. In 1998, I earned from the State University of Milan my BA in Arts and Humanities, with an MA in International History, carrying out a research that dealt with the Roosevelt administration’s treatment of civilian enemy aliens residing in the US during World War II. My PhD programme in History was a co-tutorship between the State University of Milan and the John F. Kennedy Institut für Nordamerikastudien at Freie Universität, Berlin, where I further deepened my knowledge of European and American History and Politics. My PhD dissertation, defended in 2003, focused on the inclusion of the “new immigrants” from South-eastern Europe into the US political mainstream in the first half of twentieth century.

My work has constantly sought an interdisciplinary study of the past, which also brings a historical perspective to other disciplines, bridging history with international relations and social sciences. I have analysed the relationship between mobility, state sovereignty, foreign policy, and security in the western hemisphere. More recently, I have focused specifically on citizenship and sovereignty as cornerstones of the international legal system and how migration and minorities have the potential to affect international relations.

My research activities have constantly kept me on the move. I have done research in several archives and institutions in Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. In 2004 I became employed full-time at research-led institutions affiliated with the IMISCOE Network of Excellence (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion – a multidisciplinary NoE funded by the European Commission under the 6FP). In 2008, I moved to the UK and became affiliated with the European studies department of the University of Bath and Italian studies at the University of Oxford. In 2009, I was granted both by the US State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission the Post-Doctoral Fulbright-Schuman Scholarship on EU affairs and US-EU relations and moved to the Department of Politics of New York University. One year later, I moved again, this time to Florence, to take up the position of researcher at the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship of the European University Institute.

Since November 2011, I have joined the Institute for History in Leiden as Marie Curie Fellow - Experienced Researcher. Here, I will be researching and teaching on the comparative history of nationality laws in Europe and how they evolve under the influence of immigration and emigration flows. Starting February 2012, I will also organize the Brown Bag Seminar series, lunch-hour informal workshops aimed at fostering discussion and creating an open dialogue among the members of the Institute.

From the very beginning, the academic and administrative staff has been extremely welcoming and involving. Part of a team of established researchers in an interdisciplinary context, sharing knowledge and expertise, my work and I will greatly benefit from the engaging yet always enjoyable scholar environment provided by the Institute.

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