Dr Iandolo’s main research interest is the history of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, with a specific focus on Soviet economic and technical cooperation with the Third World. His doctoral thesis is a study of the USSR’s relations with Ghana, Guinea, and Mali during the Khrushchev era, based on Soviet, Ghanaian, Malian, British and French sources.
Thanks to support from the British Academy, he is working on a new research project that links Soviet involvement in the Third World with the experience of modernisation within the USSR. The core aim of his research is to show the key contribution made by the Soviet Union to the emergence of a model of development centred on state investment and public ownership, a model that has proved successful in a large number of developing countries in recent decades.
Before joining the LSE in September 2013, Dr Iandolo taught modern history and international relations at Oxford, UWE, Cardiff, and at the New Economic School in Moscow. Dr Iandolo obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2011. He previously gained an MPhil in Modern History from the University of Cambridge (2007), a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Warwick (2006), and a BA in International Relations & Development Studies from Roma Tre University (2004) in Italy.
Dr Alessandro Iandolo teaches the following courses:
At masters level:
HY400: Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace, 1914-2003 (taught jointly with other members of the Department)
Dr Iandolo's recent publications include:
See list of publications on LSE Research Online.