Ph.D. Sociology, Columbia University, New York
M.A. Sociology, Columbia University, New York
M.A. Management of Non-Profit and Public Policy, New York University, New York
B.A. Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, University of Perugia, Italy
Awards Received: First Place in the 4th Negotiation Competition at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, 2001.
Research and Teaching
2014 Lecturer. Global Studies, New Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program, The Eugene Lang College and The New School for Public Engagement, NY. Course: Humanitarian Intervention
2011- Lecturer. The International Relations Master Program, New York University, NY. Courses: Political Communication and Humanitarian Intervention
2011-2012 Lecturer. American University in Kosovo Foundation (AUKF), Prishtina, Kosovo. Summer Program. Course: Human Rights, Collective Memory and Transitional Justice.
2009- Country Coordinator International Field Program (IFP) in the Balkans. The Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA). The New School for Public Engagement, NY.
2009 Consultant on Kosovo Security for the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP). Prishtina, Kosovo.
2008 Faculty Development Fund. The New School for Public Engagement. Winner with Emanuele Castano.
2006 – 2010 Lecturer. Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication (KIJAC), Prishtina, Kosovo. Teaching of Political Communication and Media Law and Ethics
2006 – Lecturer. GPIA, The New School for Public Engagement, NY. Current courses: “Humanitarian Intervention. Using Force to Build Peace;” “Conflicts an Norms: the Ethics of War;” and “Narratives and Memories of War.” Supervisor of a Practicum on The National Security Strategy for Kosovo.
1988-91 Professor of Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College, NY. Taught courses in urban sociology, political sociology, and social theory.
1990-91 Policy Consultant for the City of Bologna (Italy) and for CESPE (Center for Economic, Political and Social Research), Rome (Italy).
1984-89 Lecturer. Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University, NY. Taught the classic course on western philosophy and political thought often referred to as “Great Books.”
1984 Fellow, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Rome and Reid Hall, Columbia University, NY.
International Civil Service
2006 Consultant, Political Adviser to the Prime Minister of Kosovo. Prishtina, Kosovo.
2005- 2008 Election Observer. Tajikistan and Bosnia. Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR).
2004 Consultant, Director of Communications, Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq, New York. Developed and implemented a communications strategy for an independent investigation appointed by the UN Secretary General and chaired by Paul A. Volcker on the UN managed sanctions against Iraq.
2003-2004 Political Adviser to the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) Coordinator, UNMiK, Prishtina, Kosovo. Counseled the Coordinator, Maj. Gen. Andrew Cumming, on all political matters touching on the reintegration of the disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army. Created a medium-term policy framework for the KPC (The KPC Plan 2004).
2003 Research Analyst, International Organization for Migration in Kosovo, KPC Team, Prishtina, Kosovo. Evaluated the existing reintegration program developed by the IOM for the KPC.
2001-03 Temporary Media Commissioner (TMC) OMiK-UNMiK, Prishtina, Kosovo. The TMC was the regulatory authority for all broadcasting and the press in Kosovo. Managed the Kosovo frequency spectrum and implemented the Code of Conduct for the Print Media; created a complaint-driven office with stronger emphasis on mediation than litigation. Planned the transfer of power from the Commissioner to the Kosovo Independent Media Commission.
1999 Information Officer, United Nations World Food Programme: Albania and Kosovo; Indonesia and East Timor. Daily press briefings; daily coordination and trouble shooting between Rome WFP headquarters and the field; arranged interviews with operation staff; took reporters on daily WFP helicopter runs to cover food distribution in remote areas; coordinated press coverage with NGOs.
2006-2010 Contributor to Comment is Free. The Guardian
2000 Producer, “Prishtina’s Nights” – a 30-minute investigative documentary on trafficking of women in Eastern Europe for the Italian TV RAI 3. Producer and Director, “The War Is Not Over,” a 33-minute documentary on Kosovo in collaboration with AesseVideo, examining unresolved conflicts in the region, including a profile of the divided town of Mitrovica, Serbian Orthodox monasteries under siege and changes in the lives of Albanian women.
1996-99 New York Correspondent, L’Unità, daily newspaper based in Rome. Covered breaking news as well as politics, culture and society throughout North and Central America. Regular contributor, La Stampa, Il Foglio, Marie Claire, Liberal, RTL 102.5FM and Italia Radio.
1991-94 New York Correspondent, L’Indipendente, daily newspaper based in Milan. Opened North American office.
2006-2012-2013 Selection Committee for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation and Postdoc Fellowships, Committee on East European Studies.
Manuscript reviews for: Polity Press and Routlegde.
Peer Journal Reviews for: Journal of Ethics and International Affairs; East European Politics and Societies; Sociological Forum; Nationalism and Ethnic Politics; Sage Open; Europe-Asia Studies.
Italian (native), English and French (fluent), Spanish and Albanian (working knowledge), Serbian (elementary).