Michele Di Donato is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He holds a PhD in European and International Studies from the University of Roma Tre, a MA and a BA in Contemporary History from Sapienza – University of Rome.
He is author of articles and book chapters on the history of the European Left during the Cold War, and on contemporary Italian history. He is currently working on a volume based on his PhD thesis, “Italian Communist Party and European Social Democracies, 1964-1984”. Focusing on the relations among West European left-wing parties, this study highlights the role of party politics and party diplomacy in the European policymaking, as well as the enduring and far-reaching influence of indigenous ideology and political identity concerns in defining the development of Cold War Europe.
Dr. Di Donato’s new project deals with the re-definition of the cultural and ideological relations between the European social democracies and the US in the 1970s, after the end of the post-war ‘golden age’.