Dr Ernesto Gallo

Permanent contract as Lecturer

Professional Biography

Dr Ernesto Gallo is a Lecturer in International Relations. He previously taught at the University of Birmingham, Birkbeck College, The Open University, and Kaplan International College London. Dr Gallo's main research areas are International Relations Theory, European Politics, and Eurasian Politics. In 2015–17 he was Affiliated Faculty at UCL/SSEES, where he conducted research on Kazakhstan and its relations with Russia and China.

Dr Gallo has published a book on IR Theory (in Italian) and co-edited "Democracy at The United Nations", in addition to articles in peer-reviewed journals such as "International Politics" and "Europe-Asia Studies". Also, he regularly contributes to commentaries and analyses on current affairs for Open Democracy, China Daily, the Russian International Affairs Council, and the Institute for Security and Development Studies, among others. In addition to his native Italian and English, he speaks German and Spanish.


  • PhD, Political Science (pathway: International Relations)
  • University of Turin, Italy, 2006 MA and BA 
  • International and Diplomatic Studies, University of Turin, Italy, 2002

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2018–present: Visiting Lecturer/Lecturer in International Relations, Regent's University London
  • 2009–present: Associate Lecturer in History, The Open University 2015-2017 Affiliated Faculty, UCL
  • 2011–2017: Academic Tutor in Social Sciences, Kaplan International College London
  • 2009–2011: Sessional Lecturer in Social Sciences, University of Brighton
  • 2008-2011: Sessional Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck College
  • 2007-2010: Visiting Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • 2006-2009: Visiting Research Fellow in International Relations, University of Sussex


  • Gallo, E., Journal Articles (peer reviewed) Gallo, E. (2019).
  • Cerella, A. and Gallo, E., Globalisation, Authoritarianism, and the State. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan after 26 years of independence, accepted by ‘Europe-Asia Studies’. 
  • Gallo, E., Machiavelli and International Relations, Special Issue, ‘International Politics’, 53(4).  (2016). Machiavelli reloaded: Perceptions and misperceptions of the 'Prince of realism', 'International Politics', 53(4): 435-46 (2014)
  • Gallo, E., Empire and civilisation: a challenging nexus, ‘Human Figurations’, 3(1), online. (2009)
  • Gallo, E., Italy and Spain: Different Patterns of State/Society Complexes in the Contemporary Era, ‘Journal of Contemporary European Studies’, 17(2): 255-70.  (2008)
  • Gallo, E, Conference Report. Italian Politics Specialist Group Panels at the 58th Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, Swansea University, 1-3 April 2008
  • Gallo, E., ‘Modern Italy’, 13(3): 351-54. Gallo, E. (2008) 
  • Gallo, E., Empire and imperialism. A debate still open?, ‘Studies in Social and Political Thought’, online (2006)
  • Gallo, E., Il concetto di impero nella teoria politica novecentesca (‘The concept of empire in twentieth century political theory’), ‘Ricerche di Storia Politica’, 3: 307-14. (2005) 
  • Finizio, G. and Gallo, E., Verso un nuovo impero europeo? (‘Towards a new European Empire?’), ‘Teoria Politica’, 21(1): 127-40. Books Finizio, G. and Gallo, E., eds. (2013)
  • Gallo, E., Democracy at the United Nations. Brussels: Peter Lang (2009)
  • Gallo, E., Ordine internazionale. Teorie, episodi, modelli (‘International Order. Theories, Episodes, Models’). Rome: Aracne. Book Chapters. (2016)
  • Brighi, E. and Cerella A. (eds.), Unlikely Twins? Machiavelli and Girard on violence, crisis, and the origins of the State, in Brighi, E. and Cerella A. (eds.) The Sacred and the Political. London: Bloomsbury (2013)
  • Introduction, in Finizio, G. and Gallo, E., eds. (2013)
  • Gallo, E. , Democracy at the United Nations. Brussels: Peter Lang (2013)
  • Finizio, G. and Gallo, E., Globalisation, Cosmopolitanism, and Democracy (2013)
  • Gallo, E. Democracy at the United Nations. Brussels: Peter Lang. Gallo, E. (2009)
  • Imperialismo (‘Imperialism’), in D’Orsi, Angelo (ed.) Gli ismi della politica. Rome: Viella

Research Interests

  • International Political Theory (Realism, Machiavelli, Marxism, non-Western thinking)
  • Neoliberalism and Contemporary Authoritarianism
  • Eurasian Politics (Russia-Central Asia-China relations)

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  •     Chatham House member since 2012

Conference Papers

  • Kazakhstan and China: Silk Road 2.0? SOAS, London, Seminar, 2016
  • Unlikely twins? Machiavelli and Girard on violence and the origins of the State, International Conference ‘Politics, Violence and the Sacred: Exploring Rene’ Girard’s thought in Security and International Studies’, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 2013
  • Italy and Spain. Two models of Hobbesian state-society complexes, PSA Annual Conference, Swansea, 2008
  • From Southern European to Italian exceptionalism? ECPR/SGIR Conference, Turin, 2007
  • Globalization, cosmopolitanism, and democracy, International Conference ‘The United Nations Reform’, Turin, 2007
  • Ireland: a virtual state for real European citizens? PSAI Annual Conference, Cork, 2006

Other Outputs

  • Frequent contributor to: Open Democracy, The Russian International Affairs Council, China Daily, with Giovanni Biava
  • Writer of Policy Briefs for the Institute of Development and Security Studies, Stockholm, 2014. Link: http://isdp.eu/people/ernesto-gallo/

Teaching & Course Development

  • Diplomacy and Negotiations, Level 6
  • Undergraduate International Organisations, Level 5
  • Undergraduate US Foreign Policy, Level 5
  • Undergraduate US International History in the 20th century, Level 5
  • Undergraduate Political Ideologies, Level 4
  • Undergraduate Political Science, Theory and Practice, Level 4