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Luigi Einaudi Chair

Luigi Einaudi
Luigi Einaudi

Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies was established by IES with support from the Italian Government and the university in 1987 to honor Luigi Einaudi. This visiting scholar strengthens and expands the cultural ties between the United States and Europe, as a reflection of the work done by Luigi Einaudi.

Chair-holders are typically in residence at Cornell for a period of four to six weeks, with the Chair supporting their travel costs to and from Ithaca, as well as a $5,000 stipend. Each nomination should include an up to date CV and a brief (less than 500 words) nomination statement.

*Nominations are presently on hold due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.  

About Luigi Einaudi

Luigi Einaudi was an Italian politician and economist. He served as the second President of the Italian Republic between 1948 and 1955. Einaudi was Governor of the Bank of Italy from 1945 until 1948. He was also a founding member of the Consulta Nazionale, which opened the way to the new Parliament of the Italian Republic after World War II. He later served as Minister of Finances, Treasury and Balance, as well as Vice-Premier, from 1947 until 1948.

On May 11, 1948, he was elected the second postwar President of the Italian Republic. In 1955, at the end of his seven-year term of office, Einaudi became a Life Senator. Einaudi was a member of numerous cultural, economic and university institutions. He was a supporter of the ideal of European federalism. He also personally managed the activities of his farm near Dogliani, where he applied the most advanced agricultural developments.

Mario Einaudi, former Goldwin Smith Professor of Government at Cornell and founding director of the Center for International Studies, founded the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in honor of his father. Luigi Einaudi died in Rome in 1961.

Past Chairs


Marina Cervera Alonso de Medina is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning UPC-Barcelona Tech. She is the founder of her own Landscape and Urbanism Studio in Barcelona, Executive Director of the Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture and the Coordinator of the Landscape Architecture Office at the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC). Elected Chair of Professional Practice and Policies of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).
Cervera Alonso de Medina participated in the Institute's Fall 2019 seminar series. Her presentation, “Immigration and Urban Landscape Perception: Why Landscape Matters in the Process of Minorities’ Integration,” reflected her current research. Read more here.


Ebru Öztürk is a political sociologist whose research interests stands at the juncture of European and Middle Eastern Studies and revolve around the issues of religious conversion in Sweden, unaccompanied minor migration to Europe, European Islam, jihadist Islamic networks in Europe, online Islamic radicalization, critical security studies, and Kurdish political movement.Ozturk's work examines what kind of experiences Iranian refugees in Sweden make during the process of conversion from Islam to Christianity. She explores the response given by a secular state to a religious behavior, the autobiographical narrations about the process of conversion, and the biographical transition into a new social condition of the refugees. 

During her appointment (Spring 2019), Öztürk gave the following talks: “I Left Islam but the Inner ‘Halal Voice’ Remained” (Smith College) and "NOT RELIGIOUS ENOUGH: Conversion of Iranian Refugees and the Limits of Liberal Inclusion in Sweden" (Florida State University).

Paolo Graziano is professor at University of Padua, Italy. He is also the Scientific Co-coordinator at the International Social Cohesion Observatory. His research interests are Comparative Welfare State policies, European public policies, social policies, and welfare state reform.

Graziano received his bachelor’s at University of Pavia in Political Science, and went to receive his Master at Bocconi University of Milano. He continued on to get his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Florence.

Graziano is currently conducting research on “Varieties of Populism: Latin America and Europe compared”, under negotiation with Oxford University Press. He previously has worked on “Party Realignment, Economic Crisis and Varieties of Populism in Europe” published in 2018.


Ozgur Cicek is a Turkish film scholar who earned her PhD in 2016 at Binghamton University in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Brandenburg Center for Media Studies (ZEM) in Germany.

Cicek is the author of “Kurdish Cinema in Turkey: Theorizing a cinema of Imprisonment”, which she presented at the Mecetes European Screens Conference in September 2016. She also presented in her lecture on Kurdish cinema: Exploring the Cinema of Kazim Oz”, at the Common Stories of the Eastern Geography Workshop.

Her research areas include arts and cultures, media and society, cinema literature and film studies. For her PhD research, she conducted interviews with various Kurdish filmmakers, as well as with the officials of art and culture centers, film festival organizers, and with the directors of conservatories and film schools. She also researched on the impact of Kurdish oral culture on cinematic representation. 


Tiziana Caponio is the Associcate Professor of Political Science and of Dynamics and Policies of Migration in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Turin. She is also the research affiliate at Collegio Carlo Alberto as well as a Research Fellow at Forum of International and European Research on Immigration (FIERI).

Tiziana received her Bachelors of Art in Art from the University of Turin then went on to receive her Master in Philosophy from Université de Genève. She continued on to get her Ph. D. in Political Science from the University of Florence Cesare Alfieri.

Tiziana is currently conducting research on "The Policymaking and Multilevel Governance of Immigrants' Health" with ADAPT, Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity funded by the European Union. She previously has worked on "The Multilevel Governance of Forced Migrants in Italy" project supports by FIERI and funded by the Campagnia di San Paolo.

Łukasz Pawłowski is a psychologist and sociologist by training who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Warsaw in Psychology as well as obtaining Master’s degree in Sociology from the same University. He went on to get a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warsaw with his thesis being on contemporary democratic theory.Łukasz had a research scholarship at the Department of Political Science at Indiana University that lasted a few months. Łukasz was then an academic visitor at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Łukasz is currently the Managing Editor and Deputy Editor of the political section at “Kultura Liberalna”. This gives him the opportunity to act as a translator and add his input in the weekly, non-profit, online political magazine. He is skilled in the areas of ‘Theories of democracy’, Polish politics, American politics and recent American political history.


Amara Lakhous, bilingual author of "Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio," which was the subject of Cornell's first-year reading project (2014-15), as well as numerous other works written in Arabic, English, and Italian. As Luigi Einaudi Chair, Dr. Lakhous gave one lecture, "Immigration as a Gift: The Gift of Immigration"; participated in two panel discussions on the theme of immigration in Europe; and visited numerous courses to engage with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Lakhous was named a Messenger Lecturer for the Fall 2015 semester, where he delivered the following talks: "Becoming a Writer: The Story of My Dream"; "Why is Europe Failing at the Issue of Immigration"; and "Why Narrating Immigration through Images is More Effective Today."


Stefano Sacchi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Milan, where he teaches Comparative Political Economy. He is also the Carlo Alberto Affiliate of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, where he coordinates the Master Program in Public Policy and Social Change (MAPS). He was the Luigi Einaudi Chair from April to July 2014.

Sacchi co-authored The Political Economy of Work Security and Flexibility, and co-edited The Politics of Structural Reforms: Social and Industrial Policy Change in Italy and Japan. He advised the new Italian government in the field of labor policy, elaborating a blueprint for the reform of unemployment benefits just introduced in the Italian Parliament as a government bill.


Enzo Traverso, Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne in Amiens and one of Europe’s most distinguished intellectual historians, was visiting the History Department at Cornell University as the Luigi Einaudi Chair for the Fall 2011 semester.

Traverso taught the course, "European Civil War: Violence, Politics, and Culture in Europe", which analyzed some of the most important features of this cataclysmic time, including: the age of "European Civil War"; industrial killing and total war; Fascism, Nazism and the European colonial legacy; European intellectuals between fascism and antifascism; new concepts in politics (totalitarianism); total war and the imagination of fear; the Great War and post-traumatic cinema; intellectuals in exile; and Auschwitz’s impact on European culture.

He devoted special attention to the consequences of the European crimes of Nazism for world culture and politics. His books include: "The Marxists and the Jewish Question: The History of a Debate 1843-1943" (1994), "The Jews and Germany" (1995); "Understanding the Nazi Genocide: Marxism after Auschwitz" (1999); and "The Origins of Nazi Violence" (2003).

Traverso worked for the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) in Amsterdam from 1989 - 91, followed by the Library of contemporary international documentation (BDIC) in Nanterre. He also held the position of lecturer in the Departement of Political science at the University of Paris VIII from 1993 - 95, and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences from 1994 – 97. He joined the University of Picardie in 1995.


Paolo Silvestri (University of Turin, Law School) served as a Spring 2011 Luigi Einaudi Chairholder when he visited Cornell from April 18-May 2, 2011. His faculty host was Jonathan Kirshner (Director, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies; Professor in Government.)

Silvestri has a degree in Economics and Commerce and a PhD in Philosophy of Law. Since 2004, he is Contract Researcher in Philosophy of Law (University of Turin, Law School) and the President of "Osservatorio sul Buon governo"(Associazione Polis, Cuneo). His research areas include Philosophy of Law, History of Political Thought, and History of Economic Thought, with particular reference to Modern Liberal Thought and the concepts of Good Government, Rule of Law, Institutions, and Freedom. Silvestri has published numerous articles in national and international reviews and is the author of "Il liberalismo di Luigi Einaudi o del Buongoverno" (Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2008) and co-editor of "The Ideal of Good Government: Luigi Einaudi and the Nexus between Individual and Society" (Leo Olschki, Firenze, forthcoming: 2011).

On Friday, April 22, 2011, Silvestri served as part of a panel discussion entitled, "The Dream Denied? Italy from Einaudi to Berlusconi". Other panel discussants included Sidney Tarrow (Government), Mabel Berezin (Sociology), and Karen Pinkus (Romance Studies). Silvestri presented the Einaudi Chair lecture, "The Dream of Good Government: Institutions and Freedom in Luigi Einaudi’s Life and Thought" on April 26, 2011.

Dr. Joanna Krzeminska-Vamvaka is a Head of Sector in the Trade Defence Services of the Directorate General for External Trade, European Commission, Brussels. Before joining the European Commission she was a comparative law researcher in the program "Fundamental rights and private law in the European Union". Krzeminska-Vamvaka is the author of "Freedom of Commercial Speech in Europe," which examines the impact of fundamental rights on unfair competition law, focusing on the status of commercial speech in different legal systems. She presented the Einaudi Chair lecture, "Global Dialogue on Due Process and Transparency: Channels of Communication in Trade Defence" on April 14, 2011.

Cas Mudde is a Dutch Academic of the Extreme Right in Europe. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and Visiting Associate Professor at the Political Science Department DePauw University in Indiana, where he taught a first year seminar on the Radical Right Movement in Europe.For several years, Professor Mudde held the positions of Senior Lecturer and Chairman of the Equivalent Department at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. His research includes the areas of political parties, extremism, democracy, civil society and European politics. He is the co-founder and convener of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy.

Professor Mudde's visited Cornell from October 18-22 and his faculty sponsor was Mabel Berezin (Sociology), with whom he also held a Book Roundtable on "Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security and Populism in a New Europe" (Berezin, 2009) on October 21, 2010. Professor Mudde presented the Einaudi Lecture, "Struggling with Multiculturalism: The Dutch Case" on October 19, 2010.