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Federico Romero

Co-director of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

Federico Romero  is Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration at the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute. 

Federico Romero is the Principal Investigator or the ERC project, entitled “Looking West: the European Socialist regimes facing pan-European cooperation and the European Community” (PanEur1970s).

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Dieter Schlenker

Co-director of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

Dieter Schlenker is the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union since January 2013. Before, he worked for UNESCO, first as archivist at the Paris Headquarters, then as head of the Information and Knowledge Management Unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, he worked as Records Manager at Ford Company European Headquarters in Cologne and at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Describing himself as “an archivist by profession and heart”, Schlenker holds an Archivist Diploma from the Archival School of the Vatican Secret Archive and a PhD in Modern History from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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Jacopo Cellini

Research Assistant

Jacopo Cellini is a Research Assistant at the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre at the European University Institute. He holds a MA in Contemporary History (2009) from the University of Florence (Italy), and a PhD in Contemporary History (2015) from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) and K.U. Leuven (Belgium). His main research interests lie in the history of European integration, and the impact of religion in post-WWII European societies, with a particular focus on the political culture of European Christian Democracy

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Visiting Fellows

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Silvia Sassano

Research Fellow

Silvia Sassano is a Visiting Fellow  at the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre at the European University Institute and since 2013 she has been appointed as “Cultore della materia” in Contemporary History and European Integration History at the University of Siena (Italy). She holds a MA in International relations and European studies (2010) from the University of Siena (Italy), a MA in European Studies (2008) from the University of Montpellier I (France) and a PhD in the History and Politics of European integration (2016) from the University of Pavia (Italy). Her main research interests lie in the History of the EEC/EU Policies and the History of the EEC/EU institutions, with a particular focus on European Cohesion Policy, European Territorial Co-operation, EU enlargements and on the inter-institutional relations/dialogue between European Parliament, European Commission and Council of the European Union.  

Contact: [email protected]


Part-time Professors


Luciano Bardi

Part-time Professor (EPP project)

(PhD: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) is Part-time Professor at the European University Institute’s Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre where he has been the coordinator of the research project on “The EPP Group’s contribution and impact on key episodes in the development of the European integration process and of the directly elected European Parliament”. He is also the Co-Founder (with Peter Mair) and President of the Observatory on Political Parties and Representation now at the University of Pisa. He was Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Pisa and at the University of Bologna as well as visiting professor and fellow at numerous universities in Europe and North America. 

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