Global History and Governance

The PhD in Global History and Governance is an advanced course of study and research at the end of which the student discusses a thesis based on original and independent scientific work. The course offers an educational programme based on a multi-disciplinary approach centred on history and law and open to contributions from other disciplines such as political science and economics. The programme focuses on the comparisons, connections and processes of globalization that have characterized different areas of the planet since the first era of global imperialism and does so by focusing on the relational dimension of historical processes, legal regimes and the organization of power; on the interconnections between economic, political, legal, cultural and social factors; and on circulation, exchange and interconnection of ideas, persons, institutions, legal cultures, political models, concepts, rights and goods on a global scale.
The areas and themes on which the members of your college can offer training and research preparation on an equal footing with the best international centres are: History and historiography; European empires of the modern and contemporary age; States, wars and violence in the 19th and 20th centuries; History of slavery and forced labour; The legal heritage of Europe and its integration; Religions and the sacred in the modern and contemporary world; Conceptions and practices of citizenship; States, nations, languages, peoples, classes; Globalization of law.
The doctorate in Global History and Governance is aimed at students with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to the disciplines it deals with and who are highly motivated, have a solid personal background, diverse language skills and are eager to deal with multi and interdisciplinary approaches.
The doctorate aims to train highly qualified scholars and managers who can work in the fields of historical and legal research, international organizations, government and public administration and private companies, thanks to the acquisition of notions, concepts, theories and tools to read and interpret in a critical and conscious way the historical and legal dynamics and the forces that contribute to the formation and structuring of the world system.

The doctorate aims to build a series of international partnerships through which to develop the mobility of learners and teachers. The current links form an important starting point.

Main universities and international research centres with which the college maintains research collaborations
1. Center on Changes in Governance and Public Law, Sciences-Po, Paris, France
2. School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom
3. Centre de Recherches Historiques (Crh), Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Ehess), Paris, France
4. Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, Leiden, Netherlands
5. Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Gordon Anthony

Queen’s University Belfast

Jean-Bernard Auby

Sciences-Po, Paris

Mauro Bussani

Università di Trieste

Daniela Luigia Caglioti

Università di Napoli Federico II

Mauro Calise

Università di Napoli Federico II

Giovanna Cigliano

Università di Napoli Federico II

Giacinto della Cananea

Bocconi

Domenico Conte
Università di Napoli Federico II

Olindo De Napoli

Università di Napoli Federico II

Angela Ferrari Zumbini

Università di Napoli Federico II

Andrea Graziosi

Università di Napoli Federico II

Marta Infantino

Università di Trieste

Pasquale Palmieri

Università di Napoli Federico II

Roberto Mastroianni

Università di Napoli Federico II

Adriano Roccucci

Università di Roma Tre

Teodoro Tagliaferri

Università di Napoli Federico II

Antonella Salomoni

Università della Calabria

Alessandro Stanziani

Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Roberto Zaugg

Universität Zürich

Erik-Jan Zürcher

Universiteit Leiden

Length of the programme: 4 years

Scholarship: each year the SSM advertises six scholarships amounting to € 19.000 gross per year.

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Admission to the PhD course is by means of a competition based on qualifications, research project and interview. Those who have a master’s degree or an equivalent qualification can take part in the competition.
The selection is made through the evaluation of the university career and the research project of the candidate on the proposed research topics, as well as an interview in English. The number of places put out to tender will be determined each year by the competent bodies of the SSM.

The training activity is structured in four years of course.
The teaching activity is focused in the first year of the course, while in the following three years the students will be engaged in conducting the research and to periodically report on its progress both in individual interviews and in periodic seminars.
The didactic activity is divided into mandatory courses with final verification, seminar activities during which students can discuss specific aspects of doctoral work, lessons held at the invitation of teachers from outside the college and activities of language training, computer science, research management and promotion of its results.

The themes of research and teaching are as follows (others may be added in conjunction with the development of research by members of the college):
– Forms of organisation of power
– Revolutions, civil wars and global wars. Specific cases, paradigms and problems of interpretation, historiographic perspectives;
– Legal citizenship, social citizenship, welfare state and human rights;
– Power, religion, sacred in the contemporary age;
– History and analysis of concepts: people, state, nation and nationality, national language, class;
– Forms of economic and legal integration on a regional (EU, WTO, NAFTA, Mercosur) and global basis
– Mythologies of global law;
– Rise, expansion and decline of empires;
– History and historiography of global society;
– Global history of work and dynamics of capitalism

The first year’s teaching activity is divided into two quarters: November-January and March-June and is organized as follows:

The first year:
– 6 seminar courses (about 10 meetings of two hours each);
– 6 workshops (3 consecutive meetings);
– active participation in conferences and seminars organized by the doctorate or other universities and research institutions;
– Preparation of a structured research project for the transition to the 2nd year of the course.

Second year:
– active participation in conferences and workshops organised by the doctorate or other university and research institutions;
– 2 days of presentation of the progress of the research in the presence of the tutors and the college;
– research work at the thesis and preparation of a chapter.

Third year:
– Seminars presenting the current research in the presence of the tutors and the college and active participation in conferences and workshops;
– research work on the thesis and preparation of a chapter;

Fourth year:
– completion of the thesis.


The research activity is carried out by each PhD student under the supervision of a thesis director chosen from among the members of the College. The thesis director designated by the college can be joined by a second thesis director chosen both inside and outside the college, possibly also activating the institute of co-protection by convention.

The transition from the first to the second year will be decided on the basis of the presentation of an articulated research project including a three-year work plan discussed in an interview in which at least three members of the college will participate for each doctoral student, who will be able to ask the doctoral students, in addition to the discussion of the project itself and the papers prepared by them for the seminar courses attended, also the reading of a bibliography relevant to their future research.

The transition from the second to the third year will be based on the discussion and approval of an indicative but detailed outline of the thesis that the doctoral student proposes to draft and a chapter.

The transition from the third to the fourth year will take place on the basis of the presentation and discussion, and therefore the approval by the director of the thesis, of a further chapter of this and a detailed index.

The doctorate aims to build a series of international partnerships through which to develop the mobility of learners and teachers. The current links form an important starting point.

Main universities and international research centres with which the college maintains research collaborations
1. Center on Changes in Governance and Public Law, Sciences-Po, Paris, France
2. School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom
3. Centre de Recherches Historiques (Crh), Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Ehess), Paris, France
4. Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, Leiden, Netherlands
5. Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

The following activities are managed in concert with the other PhDs of the Southern High School

Language courses: Italian language courses for foreigners, as well as English, French, German and Spanish are available at the university.
Computer skills: The School organizes short courses to train PhD students in the critical use of digital resources and seminars to familiarize students with tools such as reference managers and spreadsheets.
Management of research, knowledge of research systems and funding sources: The School organizes training activities to deepen the management of a research, also in relation to how to find funding. It also organizes meetings on the drafting of research projects with winners of ERC, FIRB and Fellowship abroad.

Enhancement of research results and intellectual property: The School organizes activities for the deepening of the rules relating to the exploitation and dissemination of scientific research, the protection of research results and authors, the protection of intellectual property and patenting procedures in the national and international field.