Academic background

I have a Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) degree in Italian and History of the Biblical World, and a PhD in Modern European History, both of which I obtained from Trinity College Dublin. I have also passed level C2 (Proficiency) of the Certificato d’Italiano come Lingua Straniera (CILS), with a grade of 83%.

with ryan

This is me with my nephew, Ryan, at the conferring of my PhD in July 2003. He’s now a very good guitarist and plays in a rock band.

I was awarded the following prizes and scholarships as a university student:

• 2003: Prize for best essay, as chosen by Prof. John Said, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin, for the Journal of Postgraduate Studies 2002-2003.

• 1996-97: One-year Italian government scholarship for PhD research.

• 1994: “Radice” prize awarded by the Department of Italian, Trinity College Dublin, for highest grade obtained in the final year exams.

• 1992-93. One-year scholarship for the University of Pavia, awarded by the Department of Italian, Trinity College Dublin, on the basis of results obtained in the first three years of degree study.

• January-March 1991: “Erasmus” scholarship, University of Bologna, awarded by the Department of Italian, Trinity College Dublin, on the basis of results obtained in the first year of degree study.

• 1990: “Newmark” prize, awarded by the Department of Italian, Trinity College Dublin, for most noteworthy improvement of a student in the first year of degree study.

• 1990: “Carson” prize (2nd), awarded by the Department of Biblical Studies, Trinity College Dublin, for results obtained in the exams of the first year of degree study.

My PhD thesis was on the role of Benito Mussolini as a young journalist and soldier during the First World War. This was subsequently published as a book by Berg (Oxford and New York) in 2004-2005, details of which can be found here.

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One comment on “Academic background

  1. Gee!!! Extremely impressive!! Congratulations Sir, you must to be very, very clever. I am going to present CILS exam very soon, and ‘by accident’ I found your CILS C2 grade-certificate on internet, I clicked on it and found your CV and I read the information it was available there…. so, I said ‘That is truly stunning’ (very very good sense).

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