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Lorenzo Kamel

Senior fellow; IAI Research Studies and Quaderni IAI editor

Lorenzo Kamel is Associate Professor of History at the University of Turin and series editor of IAI Research Studies, Quaderni IAI and Global Politics and Security (published by Peter Lang). He is the scientific director of New-Med and was IAI scientific coordinator of the Horizon2020 MENARA project. 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 ten books (5 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 38 years old and the proud father of Niccolò and Valerie.

See also


Middle East
North Africa

In the media

  • TRT World - Kamel: If Europe wants to ‘develop’ Africa, it should end exploitation first

    11 December 2018
  • Equaltimes - Kamel: The EU's role in tackle Gambia's migrant problem

    17 September 2018
  • The Peninsula - Kamel: Torpedoing Africa, and then complaining about ‘migration’

    23 August 2018