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Curriculum vitae

Ruth is currently Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Università L'Orientale and Research Affiliate at the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies at the University of St. Andrews.


Current Positions

Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, University of St. Andrews

Visiting Scholar, January-February 2018 and Research Affiliate since February 2018.

L’Orientale University in Naples, Faculty of Social Sciences

Senior Assistant Professor, October 2016-

L’Orientale University in Naples

Assistant Professor, January 2012-September 2016


Past Positions

Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe, Bologna

Associate Fellow, October 2015-October 2016

 German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF US), Washington D.C. (US)

Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, March-June 2013

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome (Italy)

Consultant to the Deputy Foreign Minister, January 2012-April 2013

The Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. (US) Center on the US and Europe (CUSE)

Visiting Fellow, January 2011-January 2012

Istituto Studi per la Politica Internazionale (ISPI), Milan (Italy)

Researcher on the Treccani Geopolitical Atlas project, July-December 2010

University of Warwick (UK), Department of Politics and International Relations

Garnet Research Fellow, January-June 2010

University of Bologna (Italy)

Desk officer for Social Sciences at the European Research Area, March 2008-December 2009

Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels

Visiting doctoral fellow, January-July 2007

Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin

Visiting doctoral fellow, January-December 2006

Federico II University in Naples, Naples (Italy), Faculty of Political Science

PhD researcher, September 2003-September 2007

Other affiliations:

Sant’Anna, School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

External member, ERIS – Emerging Research on International Security


March 2016 – present




PhD in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Federico II University in Naples, September 2010 – November 2013

Thesis: European policymakers’ threat perceptions with regard to the MENA region since 9/11

Supervisors: Mauro Calise, Filippo Andreatta

 Master of Arts in Near and Middle Eastern Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, September 2001 – September 2002

Thesis: The logic behind WMD proliferation in the Middle East

Supervisor: Charles Tripp

Bachelor of International Relations, Università di Bologna (in Forlì)

September 1996-September 2001; 110 Summa cum laude


Università L’Orientale, Naples

2012 – present: Classes

1)     International Relations (BA)

2)    Political Science (BA)

3)    Political Trajectories in North Africa (MA; academic year 2014/2015)

4)    IR seminars in the Department’s PhD program

Designed and taught; supervision of BA, Master's and PhD dissertations.





Hybrid Governance in the Middle East and Africa, with Abel Polese (eds.), Routledge. (contract signed).

Limited statehood in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Citizenship, economy, security, March 2018, Palgrave.


Threat perceptions and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy since 9/11, Aracne




“Security Assistance in a Post-Interventionist Era: the impact on hybrid political orders in Tunisia and Lebanon”, with Simone Tholens, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Special issue, March 2018.

“The politics of security reform in post-2011 Tunisia: assessing the role of exogenous shocks, domestic policy entrepreneurs and external actors”, with Giulia Cimini, Middle Eastern Studies, forthcoming



“A New Regional Cold War in the Middle East and North Africa: Regional Security Complex Theory Revisited”, The International Spectator, November 2017. DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2017.1371487

 “Between hierarchy and heterarchy: Post Arab uprisings’ civil-military relations and the Arab state” with Francesco N. Moro, Mediterranean Politics, October 2017.


“Oltre la transitologia e la post-democratizzazione: Egitto e Tunisia a confronto attraverso le lenti della partecipazione politica”, in Ruth Hanau Santini (ed.), Stato e società in Egitto e Tunisia. Involuzioni ed evoluzioni, Afriche e Orienti, 1-2, 2015.


Transatlantic Democracy promotion and the Arab Spring, with Oz Hassan, The International Spectator, vol. 47, n.3, pp.65-82.


The Arab Spring and Euro-paralysis in the Levant and in the Gulf, Swiss Political Science Review, vol. 18, n.1, pp.120-123.  


“European Union discourses and practices on the Iranian nuclear programme”, European Security, vol. 19, n.3, pp. 467-489.



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