Anna Gazzini, Claudia

Consulting Analyst, Lybia

International Crisis Group, Belgium


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2009/2010

Ph.D. Institution

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


My general interest is the history and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, but more specifically I focus on the social and legal history of Libya in the late Ottoman and colonial period. At the EUI, I plan to continue to work on the registers of the Islamic, Ottoman and colonial courts of Tripoli. I will also introduce anthropometrics and use the median heights of Libyan detainees to measure the differential impact of colonization on the local population’s living standards.
When I was a doctoral student at Oxford, I tutored courses on the Politics of the Middle East and offered an optional paper on Britain in the Middle East. In the future I would like to teach a course on Europe in the Middle East and a methodological course on New approaches to the Study of the Middle East.
I graduated from Roma III University in Rome and received my M.A. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University. Originally Italian, but raised in Indonesia, before returning to academia, I worked for Reuters in Indonesia and the Associated Press in Italy and the Middle East.
I have published a number of articles on current-day Libya in the journal Arab Media and Society and Middle East Report and have published on Middle East current affairs in Limes, the Italian Review of Geopolitics. An article on religious endowment in colonial Libya was recently published in Quaderni Storici.
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