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Łukasz Pawłowski is a psychologist and sociologist by training who will be serving as the Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies in the 2016-2017 academic year. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Warsaw in Psychology as well as obtaining Master’s degree in Sociology from the same University. He went on to get a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warsaw with his thesis being on contemporary democratic theory.

Łukasz had a research scholarship at the Department of Political Science at Indiana University that lasted a few months. Łukasz was then an academic visitor at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Łukasz is currently the Managing editor and Deputy Editor of the political section at “Kultura Liberalna”. This gives him the opportunity to act as a translator and add his input in the weekly, non-profit, online political magazine. He is skilled in the areas of ‘Theories of democracy’, Polish politics, American politics and recent American political history.


2014 - 2015

Amara Lakhous, bilingual author, served as Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Lakhous is the author of "Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio," which was the subject of Cornell's first-year reading project (2014-15), as well as numerous other works written in Arabic, English, and Italian. As Luigi Einaudi Chair, Dr. Lakhous gave one lecture, "Immigration as a Gift: The Gift of Immigration"; participated in two panel discussions on the theme of immigration in Europe; and visited numerous courses to engage with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Lakhous was named a Messenger Lecturer for the Fall 2015 semester, where he delivered the following talks: "Becoming a Writer: The Story of My Dream"; "Why is Europe Failing at the Issue of Immigration"; and "Why Narrating Immigration Through Images is More Effective Today."

2013 -2014

From April to July 2014 he was the Luigi Einaudi Visiting Chair at CIES. He recently co-authored The Political Economy of Work Security and Flexibility, and co-edited The Politics of Structural Reforms: Social and Industrial Policy Change in Italy and Japan. He advised the new Italian government in the field of labor policy, elaborating a blueprint for the reform of unemployment benefits just introduced in the Italian Parliament as a government bill.

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2011 - 2012

Traverso taught the course, "European Civil War: Violence, Politics, and Culture in Europe", which analyzed some of the most important features of this cataclysmic time, including: the age of "European Civil War"; industrial killing and total war; Fascism, Nazism and the European colonial legacy; European intellectuals between fascism and antifascism; new concepts in politics (totalitarianism); total war and the imagination of fear; the Great War and post-traumatic cinema; intellectuals in exile; and Auschwitz’s impact on European culture.

He devoted special attention to the consequences of the European crimes of Nazism for world culture and politics. His books include: "The Marxists and the Jewish Question: The History of a Debate 1843-1943" (1994), "The Jews and Germany" (1995); "Understanding the Nazi Genocide: Marxism after Auschwitz" (1999); and "The Origins of Nazi Violence" (2003).

Traverso worked for the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) in Amsterdam from 1989 - 91, followed by the Library of contemporary international documentation (BDIC) in Nanterre. He also held the position of lecturer in the Departement of Political science at the University of Paris VIII from 1993 - 95, and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences from 1994 – 97. He joined the University of Picardie in 1995.

He presented the Einaudi Chair lecture, "European Memories, Entangled Perspectives" on December 2.

2010 - 2011

Silvestri has a degree in Economics and Commerce and a PhD in Philosophy of Law. Since 2004, he is Contract Researcher in Philosophy of Law (University of Turin, Law School) and the President of "Osservatorio sul Buon governo"(Associazione Polis, Cuneo).

His research areas include Philosophy of Law, History of Political Thought, and History of Economic Thought, with particular reference to Modern Liberal Thought and the concepts of Good Government, Rule of Law, Institutions, and Freedom.

Silvestri has published numerous articles in national and international reviews and is the author of "Il liberalismo di Luigi Einaudi o del Buongoverno" (Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2008) and co-editor of "The Ideal of Good Government: Luigi Einaudi and the Nexus between Individual and Society" (Leo Olschki, Firenze, forthcoming: 2011).

On Friday, April 22, Silvestri served as part of a panel discussion entitled, "The Dream Denied? Italy from Einaudi to Berlusconi". Other panel discussants included Sidney Tarrow (Government), Mabel Berezin (Sociology), and Karen Pinkus (Romance Studies).

Silvestri presented the Einaudi Chair lecture, "The Dream of Good Government: Institutions and Freedom in Luigi Einaudi’s Life and Thought" on April 26.


Dr. Joanna Krzeminska-Vamvaka is a Head of Sector in the Trade Defence Services of the Directorate General for External Trade, European Commission, Brussels. Before joining the European Commission she was a comparative law researcher in the program "Fundamental rights and private law in the European Union".

Krzeminska-Vamvaka visited Cornell as a Spring 2011 Luigi Einaudi Chair Scholar from April 8-16, 2011. Her faculty sponsor was Mitchel Lasser (Professor, Cornell Law School.)

Krzeminska-Vamvaka is the author of "Freedom of Commercial Speech in Europe," which examines the impact of fundamental rights on unfair competition law, focusing on the status of commercial speech in different legal systems.

She presented the Einaudi Chair lecture, "Global Dialogue on Due Process and Transparency: Channels of Communication in Trade Defence" on April 14.

Cas Mudde is a Dutch Academic of the Extreme Right in Europe. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and Visiting Associate Professor at the Political Science Department DePauw University in Indiana, where he taught a first year seminar on the Radical Right Movement in Europe.

For several years, Professor Mudde held the positions of Senior Lecturer and Chairman of the Equivalent Department at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. His research includes the areas of political parties, extremism, democracy, civil society and European politics. He is the co-founder and convener of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy.

Professor Mudde's visited Cornell from October 18-22 and his faculty sponsor was Mabel Berezin (Sociology), with whom he also held a Book Roundtable on "Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security and Populism in a New Europe" (Berezin, 2009) on October 21.

Professor Mudde presented the Einaudi Lecture, "Struggling with Multiculturalism: The Dutch Case" on October 19.