1 Michele Pajero
Mr Michele Pajero

Mr Michele Pajero

PhD Student

Department of International History

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English, French, Italian
Key Expertise
Vichy France, Fascist Italy, the Second World War in North Africa

About me

Michele is a full-time PhD student at LSE working under the supervision of Dr David Motadel and Professor Richard Vinen (King’s College London) and is a LAHP studentship recipient. He holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations (University of Pisa), a MA in International Studies (University of Pisa, Italy), a honours degree in Political Studies (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), and a dual MA/MSc in International and World History (Columbia University & LSE). He was an exchange student at École Normale Supérieure Ulm and Trinity College Dublin.

Before joining LSE, Michele was engaged in public history projects and worked as an intern at the Foreign Affairs Unit of the Italian Parliament’s Research Service.

 Provisional thesis title

Fascist Rule and Oppression in North Africa: A Comparative Study of the Italian and French Empires at War, 1940-43

His research explores the convergence of fascism and colonialism in the North African territories controlled by Vichy France and Fascist Italy during World War Two. In particular, Michele aims to shed light on the violence and oppression endured by North African civilians behind the frontline.

Expertise Details

Modern Europe; Modern North Africa; Fascism; Colonialism; First World War; Second World War; Cold War; Transatlantic Relations; Cultural Diplomacy


  • London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentship (MPhil/PhD, LSE)
  • Luigi Einaudi Foundation Scholarship (MSc, LSE)
  • Ermengildo Zegna Founder's Scholarship (MA, Columbia University)
  • Cold War Archives Research Fellowship (MA, Columbia Univesity)
  • Humanities War & Peace Initiative Grant (MA, Columbia University)
  • Full Scholarship (Honours Degree, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)