Michele Benazzo PHD

Michele Benazzo

PhD Researcher in International History and Politics
Spoken languages
Italian, English, French, Arabic, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian
Areas of expertise
  • Political violence
  • Global history
  • Islam
  • Social and Cultural History
  • Race
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Europe
  • The Balkans
  • North Africa

PhD Thesis

Title: The Forgotten Generation: British Muslim Foreign Fighting in the Bosnian Civil War, 1981-1995

PhD Supervisor & Co-supervisor: Cyrus Schayegh and Timothy Wilson (University of St Andrews, Scotland)

Expected completion date: 2025



Michele Benazzo is a second-year PhD candidate in International History and Politics. He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Padova, Italy, and an MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His main interest is the interplay between Migration, Integration and Political Violence, and his research intersects History and International Relations to explain transnational violence -specifically, European Muslim foreign fighting. He held seminars and lectures for High School and University students (MA) on these subjects. His research areas are Western Europe, North Africa and the Balkans, and he employs sources in Italian, English, French, Arabic and Bosnian. Before joining the Institute, he completed a one-year Internship at Amaplast-Confindustria, Milan as Security Analyst, and volunteered in Bosnia and Albania. Since 2022, he is recipient of the Doc.CH research grant from the SNF.


Research Interests

  • Political Violence
  • Global History
  • Radicalism
  • Empire 
  • Foreign Fighting 
  • Migration


Relevant Publications and Works

Failed States and Tilly's Theory: a historical revision of functional failure, Il Politico

Book Review - New Perspectives on the International Order: No Longer Alone in This World 


Fellowships, Grants and Awards

SNSF Doc.CH scholarship (2022-2025) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

Mylonas Scholarship-FERIS Foundation



Global Migration Center (IHEID)

Società Italiana Storia Internazionale