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Mario Einaudi Background

Mario Einaudi

Mario Einaudi was a scholar of political theory and European comparative politics. He joined the Government Department of Cornell University in 1945 and immediately set about changing the course of comparative political theory. In 1960, Einaudi was asked to be the founding director of the Center for International Studies to initiate Cornell University’s newfound commitment to engage in interdisciplinary research in international affairs.In 1964, he founded the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Turin, Italy in honor of his father.

Although Einaudi retired in 1972, he remained active in Cornell's Center for International Studies, advising students, supporting its many activities, and inspiring the founding and expansion of the Institute for European Studies. With the help of the Italian Government, Einaudi also raised the funds for the Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies at Cornell. Since 1987, the Chair brings distinguished European scholars working in fields related to Luigi Einaudi’s interest to the Cornell campus.

In 1991, the Cornell’s Center for International Studies was renamed the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Cornell’s Board of Trustees honored him for his long dedication to the University and as a “tireless proponent of clear and critical thinking, democracy, and ethics in politics; and a firm believer in the power of human values to transform the world." Mario Einaudi died in 1994 in Piedmont, Italy.