Research

In my forthcoming book, (The Emergence of Globalism, Princeton University Press, 2017) I explore the intellectual history of the concept of international order during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Focusing on an array of public intellectuals, both in the United State and in Europe, I trace the plurality of ideas about international relations that emerged from the war, and the complex genealogy of the idea of international order in the last century. I explore visions of federalism, welfarism, human rights, geopolitics, democracy and political space to delineate the terms of discussion on international relations in the pre-Cold War period. I look at the works of Raymond Aron, David Mitrany, Lionel Curtis, Barbara Wootton, Friedrich Hayek, Owen Lattimore, Nicholas Spykman, Michael Polanyi and H.G. Wells.

My previous research projects focused on British liberal internationalism in the interwar years, in the writings of Alfred Zimmern, John A. Hobson and Henry N. Brailsford, and on cosmopolitan theory and current theories of global democracy (mainly David Held and Otfried Höffe).

I am currently undertaking three new research projects on Italian international affairs in the twentieth century, on the political judgment of public intellectuals and on the role of history in the analysis of International Relations.

My research ‘side projects’ are mainly related to design, fashion and food history. I am the editor and co-founder of the online  magazine, ‘Travels in the Wardrobe’ (masaot.com). With designer Ilana Efrati we  show the cultural, political and historical – rather than commercial – aspects of design and fashion.

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