Dr. Claudia Castiglioni is Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Research Fellow at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She holds a PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Florence (2011).
Her main research interests include: US foreign policy in the Middle East during the Cold War, Iranian political and economic development, and energy politics.
Between 2011 and 2012 Dr. Castiglioni was a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (Washington D.C.). More recently she taught History of European relations at the University of Milan and Iranian history and politics at the University of Economics in Prague.
She is author of articles and book chapters on the international history of Iran during the Cold War, American modernisation theory and its impact on Iranian development, and Iran’s nuclear and energy history.
Her post-doctoral project focuses on Western-Iranian relations in the 1980s, with particular emphasis on the reshaping of the political and economic partnership between Tehran and some selected Western European countries after the revolution of 1979. The study, which is funded by the University of Venice and by the Italian minister of Research, is part of a broader project, which investigates the role of energy in the history of international relations from the 1970s to the early 1990s.