Simone Paoli, Ph.D

paoliCourse Taught at the Institute
The European Union

Ph.D. in History of International Relations, University of Florence
Master’s Degree in European Studies, University of Florence
Laurea in Political Science, University of Florence
Postgraduate Certificate in Cold War and Society at the Department of Contemporary History, University of Vienna
Award of the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in the Disciplinary Scientific Sector 14/B2 | History of International Relations and Non-European Societies and Institutions


Relevant Research Projects
2015-(2019) International Research Project at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium): “History of the Commission Consortium, Volume 3 (HISTCOM3)”
-2015-2017 University Research Project at the University of Padua “European Union and Fundamental Rights in time of Austerity”
-2013-2015 University Research Project at the University of Padua: “Changing Patterns in Migration Policies and Flows in the Euro-Mediterranean Area from the Oil Crisis to the 1995 Barcelona Declaration”
-2013-2014 Jean Monnet Action Project at the University of Bologna, in partnership with the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance de l’Europe, CVCE in Luxembourg (Luxembourg): “The European model:past,present and future (EUMOD)”
-2013 Research Project on the Mouseion Foundation in London (Great Britain): “Analyses of Seminal Works”
-2011-2015 Basic Research Investment Fund (2010 FIRB): “The engines of growth: for a global history of the conflict between renewable, fossil, and fissile energies”
-2011-2013 Junior Research Fellowship Project at the University of Padua: “Europe and emerging countries from Détente to the Second Cold War”
-2011-2013 Research Project of National Interest (PRIN 2009): “Italy in the international context (1968-1981):crises, transformation, and stabilization”
-2011 Research Project at the Hans-Böckler-Foundation in Düsseldorf (Germany): “60 years of European Coal and Steel Community, 60 years of co-determination in the coal, iron and steel industry”
-2009-2011 Research Project of National Interest (2008 PRIN): “Protagonists and problems of the Italian foreign policy in the Mediterranean area”
-2008-2010 University Research Project at the University of Padua: “Trade unions, entrepreneurs and the beginning of the Globalization: an international perspective (1968-1981)”
-2007-2009 Research Project of National Interest (2006 PRIN): “In pursuit of a global role: Europe in international relations (1968-1981)”
-2007 University Research Project at the Saint Pius V Institute of Political Studies in Rome: “The EU Mediterranean policy”
-2006-2008 Research Project of National Interest (2005 PRIN): “To the east of Rome. Italy and the Holy See vis-à-vis Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean countries from the post-Second World War period to 1975”
-2006 University Research Project at the University of International Studies (LUSPIO) in Rome: “The United Nations and the question of development in “the creative 1970s”
-2004-2006 University Research Project at the University of Padua: “Western Europe in the international context during the 1970s: the crisis of the old order and new challenges”


Relevant Publications
a) Monographs
-2017 “Quando l’Europa ci chiese di chiudere le frontiere. Storia dell’ingresso dell’Italia nell’area Schengen” [When Europe asked Italy to close its frontiers. History of the Italy’s entry into the Schengen system], Milano, Mondadori Education
-2016 “Prima guerra del Golfo” [First Gulf War], Milano, RCS MediaGroup, ISSN: 1828-0501
-2015 “La dissoluzione dell’URSS” [The dissolution of the Soviet Union], Milano, RCS MediaGroup, ISSN: 1828-0501
-2013 (together with Carla Meneguzzi Rostagni, Francesco Petrini and Massimiliano Trentin), “Politica di potenza e cooperazione. L’organizzazione internazionale dal Congresso di Vienna alla globalizzazione” [Power Politics and Co-operation. The International Organization from the Congress of Vienna to the Globalization], Padova, Cedam, ISBN: 978-88-13-32803-0
-2010 “Il sogno di Erasmo. La questione educativa nel processo di integrazione europea” [The Erasmus’ Dream. The educational issue in the European integration process], Milano, FrancoAngeli, ISBN: 978-88-56-82434-6
-2017 (together with Elena Calandri and Antonio Varsori), “Peoples and Borders. Seventy Years of Migration in Europe, to Europe, from Europe (1945-2015)”, Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, ISBN: 978-3-8487-3452-8
-2015 (together with Elena Calandri), “Europe and the Mediterranean in the long 1980s”, Journal of European Integration History, N. 1, ISSN: 0947-9511


Teaching Philosophy
I love teaching. I love it because it gives me the chance to share my experience, knowledge, personal views and findings of my research with students, so contributing to their intellectual and personal development. I also love it because interaction and discussion with students help me orient and improve research activity, test opinions and arguments and raise new questions to be addresses and to be answered.

I have also a real passion for the subject of my research and teaching: European history and politics. Students normally feel that I like what I teach and this is stimulating for them.

When I teach I have three main objectives in mind. Firstly, I aim at arousing curiosity about the topics we deal with since, in my view, there is no learning without desire to learn. Secondly, I aim to provide students with information and explanations and to ensure that they understand them. Finally, I aim at encouraging students to form opinions and to express them even when they are controversial ones. With this goal in mind, I always put much effort into establishing positive relations with each student and creating a friendly environment where everyone can feel comfortable and express themselves freely. It is also important for me that all students are perfectly aware that they are not judged on the basis of their opinions; all the opinions, including the most provocative ones, are welcome in my classes, unless, obviously, they offend someone.

On completion of the course, students will have acquired the instruments for grasping, interpreting and discussing critically politics and history of Europe, especially the European Union, and its relations with the United States.


Most Rewarding Moments
When students understand and learn something new and, more than this, when they begin to look at something they thought they already knew from a completely different perspective.


Favorite Quote
”Alive, I am a partisan. That is why I hate the ones that don’t take sides, I hate the indifferent.” (Antonio Gramsci, The indifferent. The future city, 1917)