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I am currently a PhD candidate at King’s College London’s School of Security Studies, and a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. I hold degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc International Relations), the University of Bologna (MA International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs), and the University of Bari (BA Political Science and European Studies).

Alongside my PhD, since 2016 I have been working at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, where I contribute to fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary research between and during epidemics.

Please, visit my personal website for more information on my background and expertise:


Research Interests

  • International Security
  • US. Foreign Policy
  • Social and Political Psychology
  • Diplomatic History
  • Global Health



Domestic Status Hierarchy and International Images: A Social Psychology Framework to Explain the Impact of Nationalist Beliefs Over American Foreign Policy in the Asia-Pacific, 1898-1949.


My thesis investigates how foreign-policy decision makers’ nationalist beliefs trigger strategies of social change at the domestic level, and processes of intergroup discrimination at the international level to generate multiple foreign policy orientations. The proposed framework makes two important contributions: first, it identifies and explains multiple foreign policy behaviours and events that so far have been misinterpreted or attributed to different causes; second, by enabling cross-case comparisons, it offers a useful operationalization of the underlying causal mechanisms between nationalism and foreign policy. By applying the methods of the structured, focused comparisons and process-tracing, this thesis analyses and evaluates three major events in the US history of foreign relations occurred between 1898 and 1949: 1) the American annexation of the Philippines in 1898; 2) the policy of non-recognition towards the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1932; 3) and the American support to anti-Communist warlords in China in 1949. For this project, Giuseppe has conducted research at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library (Independence, Missouri); the Herbert C. Hoover Presidential Library (West Branch, Iowa); the Library of Congress (Washington DC); the National Archives and Records Administration (College Park, Maryland); and the Bank of England in London. Giuseppe’s research has been funded by several organisations, including: the Hoover Institution, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Foundation, the Hoover Presidential Foundation, the European Association of American Studies, the Royal Historical Society, the Peter J. Parish Memorial Fund, King’s College London’s Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Defence Studies Department.


Professor Greg Kennedy