Lorenzo Kamel is a Middle East historian at Bologna University’s History Department and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2014/15 and 2015/16) at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and scientific coordinator of the project ‘New-Med, The Future of Cooperation in the Mediterranean’ (funded by Compagnia di San Paolo, OSCE, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Italian Foreign Ministry).
He obtained a two-year’s M.A. in Israeli Society and Politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Ph.D.in History at Bologna University, and received the 2010 'International Giuseppe Sciacca award' and the Marie S. Curie Fellowship by the European Commission at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). He held seminars, lessons and courses in several Italian and international universities and spent extensive periods of time as a Visiting Scholar in the Palestinian Territories (Birzeit University), as well as in Egypt ('Ain Shams University), Israel (Hebrew University), and Turkey (Bilkent University).
He authored 4 books on Middle Eastern affairs, including 'Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times' (I.B. Tauris 2015), and about thirty articles on international academic journals such as The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Peace and Change, Eurasian Studies, New Middle Eastern Studies, Passato e Presente, OrienteModerno, The International Spectator. His most recent publications include two edited volumes: ‘Arab Spring and Peripheries. A Decentring Research Agenda' (Routledge 2016) and 'Changing Migration Patterns in the Mediterranean' (ENC 2016). Lorenzo is 35 years old and a proud father of Niccolò and Valerie.