Full professor in Contemporary History at the Political Sciences Department, LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome. Deputy director of the LUISS School of Government, where he also directs the Master’s Programme in European Studies.


Before being appointed at Luiss, Giovanni Orsina has taught history in the Universities of Bologna, l’Aquila, and Roma Sapienza. He has been British Council Italian visiting fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and several times visiting professor to the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan.

Orsina has been a leading writer for several years for the newspaper Il Mattino (Naples), and he is now a leading writer for La Stampa (Turin). He frequently comments on Italian and European political affairs in Italian and international media.


He teaches Comparative history of political systems and European institutional history at the Political Sciences Department, LUISS University of Rome.


Orsina has published extensively on the political history of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy and Europe: on parliamentary and party history, the formation and selection of political classes, liberalism. His studies have been published or have been translated in various languages. His last book, Il berlusconismo nella storia d’Italia (Marsilio 2013) has been translated into English (Palgrave 2014) and is being translated into French (Les Belles Lettres, forthcoming).

Commitment in EUPADRA

Within EUPADRA he teaches, together with Leonardo Morlino, a course on History of Parliaments and representative democracy, in the LUISS module