Tommaso Milani is an international historian, whose research has focused mainly on competing models of national and supranational control over the economy that were theorised and tentatively implemented between the 1920s and the 1940s. More broadly, his research interests include the history of Western Europe during the Twentieth Century, European integration, and the role of intellectuals in politics. He earned his Ph.D. in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017, and subsequently worked as a lecturer at Balliol College (University of Oxford) and as a teaching fellow at Sciences Po Paris (Reims Campus).
He has published peer-reviewed articles and essays on British thinkers and pressure groups envisaging competing blueprints for European unity and on the history of the European Left. His first monograph, Hendrik de Man and Social Democracy: The Idea of Planning in Western Europe, 1914-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) deals with planism, a major interwar attempt to revisit the ideological foundations and practice of democratic socialism.
At the EUI, Tommaso intends to kick off a new project about the ILO as a pivotal actor in recasting progressive internationalism during the Great Depression. The project will delve into pre-existing transnational networks and epistemic communities through which the Geneva-based organisation expanded its influence and provided a breeding ground for regionalist visions of integration as an alternative to the seemingly unstoppable unravelling of the global order.
Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers
Tommaso has taught undergraduate and masters courses in international, European, and Cold War history in Britain and France.