Lorenzo Kamel is Associate Professor of Global History and History of the Middle East and North Africa at the University of Turin. He was the scientific director of New-Med, IAI scientific coordinator of the Horizon2020 MENARA project and series editor of Global Politics and Security (published by Peter Lang). He holds a two-years M.A. in Israel Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Ph.D. in History from the University of Bologna, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for two years, and a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He held lessons and courses in many universities – including the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the University of Bologna, and Harvard University – and lived many years in several countries in the Middle East, spending also extensive periods as a Visiting Fellow in Palestine (Birzeit University), Egypt ('Ain Shams University), Israel (Hebrew University), Turkey (Bilkent University).
He published 17 books (10 authored) on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean affairs – including The Middle East from Empire to Sealed Identities (Edinburgh UP 2019), Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times (I.B. Tauris 2015) and Arab Spring and Peripheries. A Decentring Research Agenda (Routledge 2016) – and was awarded with the 2010 “International Giuseppe Sciacca award”, the Fritz Thyssen Grant, and the 2016 “Palestine Academic Book Award”.
His publications include also over 30 articles on academic journals (such as: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Peace and Change, Eurasian Studies, New Middle Eastern Studies, Passato e Presente, Oriente Moderno, The International Spectator, Storicamente), and about 200 articles on Al Jazeera, Ha’aretz, Al-Monitor, The National Interest, Project Syndicate and other media outlets in 10 languages, in over 30 countries. He regularly serves as a peer reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator Grants), Routledge (History books), International Affairs (Chatham House), Eurias, and other institutions and publishing houses.
He speaks Italian, English, Hebrew, Arabic, has a working knowledge of French, Ottoman Turkish, and Latin. He is the proud father of Niccolò and Valerie.