The PhD in Political Studies offers PhD courses in four basic areas of the social sciences (economics; history and cultural studies; law; sociology and political science). The PhD has three different Curricula (“Government and Institutions”, “Gender Studies”, and “European and International Studies”), but only the Curriculum of “European and International Studies” reserves 1 position with fellowship for students with a foreign degree.


The Curriculum is devoted to:

  • History and Cultural Studies
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science


In the Curriculum of European and International Studies students can choose from a wide range of subjects such as Comparative Politics, Area Studies (Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, USA, Latin America), International Relations, European Policies of Integration, European Institutions, Modern and Contemporary History, International Law and Political Sociology.

In 2014 the PhD course offers Programs in:

  • Africa
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Cultural Studies
  • European Studies
  • History of International Politics
  • History of Politics
  • International Economic History
  • International Law
  • Latin America
  • Migrations, Networks, Conflicts
  • Peace Studies
  • Political Science
  • Political Thought
  • United States of America

The PhD course features a markedly interdisciplinary and international approach. Interdisciplinary work is at the heart of the PhD curriculum in its cross-disciplinary seminars and study groups, designed to complement the specialized instruction given in each program. Our international approach takes several forms, including a wide range of international visiting professors, the opportunity to do research abroad, and the integration of students into the international community of scholars through lectures, colloquia and international research projects. A number of foreign professors are also invited to sit on PhD committees for the final defence of the dissertations.

Our PhD Programs offer a variety of courses providing skills marketable for a wide range of professional arenas. Doctoral students will also have a chance to participate in research projects run by the Department of Political Studies. The PhD Programs of the Curriculum of European and International Studies count roughly 20 doctoral candidates. About 6 defend their dissertations each year. Students are taught and supervised by a faculty of more than 20 university professors and lecturers, mostly coming from the research community of the Department of International Studies. The close links between the PhD and the Department enable young scholars to participate in such activities of the academic community as research groups/contracts, publications and academic reports. The PhD also invites external academics and representatives of the private sector to take part in various activities. Every year, the PhD Course welcomes many visiting professors to teach, take part in various activities and deliver lectures: among them, in the last two years, Frédéric Bozo (Sorbonne), Antoine Compagnon (Collège de France), Matthew Evangelista (Cornell), Francis J. Gavin (Texas), David Holloway (Stanford), Annick Jaulin (Sorbonne), Marc Lazar (SciencesPo), Melvyn Leffler (Virginia), Carme Molinero (Università Autonoma di Barcellona), Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center), Nell Painter (Princeton), Jeremy Suri (Madison), Irwin Wall (California), Nicolas Werth (Institut pour l’histoire du temps présent), Vladislav Zubok (Temple). In particular, every year an outstanding international scholar leads a specific multidisciplinary seminar with our students. The PhD in in Political Studies has also launched student exchange programs and research collaboration projects with the following partner Universities and Research Centres in Italy and abroad:

  • Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales – Madrid
  • Centro Interuniversitario “Machiavelli” sulla Storia dei conflitti strutturali durante la guerra fredda
  • CRIE (Centro di ricerca sulle Istituzioni Europee) presso l’Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa – Napoli
  • Friedrich Schiller-Universität – Jena
  • SciencesPo – Paris
  • Scuola Superiore dell’Amministrazione dell’Interno – Roma
  • The National Security Archives – Washington
  • Universidad de Valencia
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid
  • Universitat Autònoma – Barcelona
  • Universidad Carlos III – Madrid
  • Universidad de Castellon
  • University of Cluj-Napoca
  • University of Craiova
  • University of Groningen (Departement of Political Sciences)
  • Universidad de Sevilla (Dipartimento di Metafisica y Corientes Actuales de la Filosofia, Etica y Filosofia Politica)
  • Universität Bremen (Department of Political Sciences)
  • Université Charles De Gaulle Lille III
  • Université Montpellier III Paul Valery (Département de Philosophie)
  • Université Nancy
  • Université Nantes
  • Université Paris I Sorbona (Ecole doctorale en Sciences Politiques /Ecole Doctorale en Philosophie)
  • Université Paris III
  • Université Paris XIII (Département d’Histoire)
  • University of Leiden (Department of Public Administration)
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies

The PhD in Political Studies has joined the “European Crossdisciplinary Doctoral College of the Social and Human Sciences” (SHS), a European web of Doctorates and Doctoral Schools which has the goal of developing exchanges among students, promoting best practices in tutoring research, increasing collaboration in multidisciplinary research community. Besides the Roma Tre University, the SHS has the following members: o Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelleo Oxford Brookes Universityo Helsinki University o Tampere University o Eötvös Loránd University – Budapesto Central European University – Budapesto Institute for International Studies – Corvinus University – Budapesto Jagellonian University – Cracowo Charles University – Prague o Institute for History and Political Science – Bucarest University o University of Babe-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca o University of Matej Bel

If necessary, further information is available at: leopoldo.nuti@uniroma3.it

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