Coordinator: Daniela Luigia Caglioti

Ph.D. Board a.y. 2018-19:

Gordon Anthony, Queen’s University Belfast
Jean-Bernard Auby, Sciences-Po, Paris
Francesco Benigno, SNS
Daniela Luigia Caglioti, Università di Napoli Federico II
Olindo De Napoli, Università di Napoli Federico II
Angela Ferrari Zumbini, Università di Napoli Federico II
Andrea Graziosi, Università di Napoli Federico II
Marta Infantino, Università di Trieste
Vincenzo Lavenia, Università di Bologna
Andrea Mariuzzo, SNS
Ilaria Pavan, SNS
Mario Piazza, SNS
Adriano Roccucci, Università di Roma Tre
Antonella Salomoni, Università della Calabria
Alessandro Stanziani, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Teodoro Tagliaferri, Università di Napoli Federico II
Erik-Jan Zürcher, Universiteit Leiden

Global History and Governance

Academic Year 2018-2019

The Ph.D. in Global History and Governance is an advanced research degree jointly organized by the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Naples Federico II, at the end of which each student must defend a dissertation based on independent and original academic research.
The course offers a four-year multi-disciplinary training program based on history and law and open to contributions from other disciplines, such as economics, political science and political philosophy. The program focuses on the comparison, connections and processes of globalization that have characterized different areas of the planet since the first epoch of global imperialism and does so by focusing on the relational dimension of historical processes, legal regimes and the organization of power, on the interdependencies between economic, political, juridical, cultural and social factors and on the circulation, exchange and interconnection of ideas, people, institutions, legal cultures, political models, concepts, rights and goods on a global scale.
Members of the Ph.D. board can offer training and preparation for research at the level of the best international centers in the following areas:

  •          History and historiography
  •          European empires of the modern and contemporary age
  •          States, wars and violence in the nineteenth and twentieth century
  •          History of slavery and forced labor
  •          The legal heritage of Europe and its integration
  •          Religions and the sacred in the modern and contemporary world
  •          Ideas, conceptions and practices of citizenship
  •          States, nations, languages, peoples, classes
  •          The globalization of law

Candidates for the Ph.D. are normally expected to hold a master’s degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a subject relevant to the intended topic of study.
The Ph.D. course in Global History and Governance is designed for highly prepared and motivated students who also manage different languages and willing to study in multi and interdisciplinary environment.
Classes are taught either in Italian or English.


The Ph.D. program develops over 4 years. The teaching activity concentrates mainly in the first and second years of the course and will take place both in Pisa and Naples. Each student must attend 9 courses (3 in each of the first three semesters) with final verification and actively participate in seminars and workshops on specific aspects of the doctoral work and lectures held by invited scholars. The teaching activity, which will always have an advanced character and will be based on a comparative approach, will revolve around the following topics:

  •          History and historiography of the global society
  •          Mythologies of global law
  •          Forms of organization of power
  •          Rise, expansion and decline of empires
  •          History of concepts: people, state, nation and nationality, national language, class
  •          Revolutions, counter-revolutions, civil wars and global wars
  •          Rights and forms of citizenship
  •          Power, religion, sacred in the modern and contemporary eras
  •          Forms of economic and legal integration on a regional and global basis
  •          Global history of work and dynamics of the economy

In the third and the fourth year the students will focus on their research and will be required to give periodic account of their progresses. Students will be required to spend at least two semesters abroad in one of the major international research centres, and in archives and libraries relevant for their research topics. Each year the Ph.D. board runs presentation days for students.

The transition from the first to the second year is decided on the basis of the papers prepared for each course and a presentation. The passage from the second to the third year takes place on the basis of the discussion and the approval of a provisional but detailed outline of the thesis. The transition from the third to the fourth year takes place on the basis of the presentation and discussion, and therefore the approval by the director of the thesis, of at least one chapter of it. Each student will be assigned a thesis director chosen among the members of the college according to their expertise. Director and student will meet regularly over the four years to discuss the literature, sources, and progress of the thesis. Ph.D. students are expected to participate regularly in the activities of the doctorate and in the initiatives promoted by the two universities in their fields of activity.

Available scholarships: 4

First semester schedule

(Last update: November 5, 2018)

Second semester schedule

(Last update: October 22, 2018)