Lorenza Fontana


I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland.

I held previous academic positions as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in International Politics at Newcastle University (UK), as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (USA), and as a Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Sheffield (UK).

Before becoming a full-time academic, I served as a political analyst and researcher at the United Nations Development Programme in Bolivia and I did consultancy work for international organisations and NGOs, including Idea International and UNDP Europe and Central Asia.

I have held visiting positions at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.

I grew up in a mid-size town surrounded by rice fields in the Northern Italian plains. My passion for travelling forced me to learn three languages: English, French and Spanish (which means I understand Portuguese if you speak slowly!). I completed my education in Italy, spent three years living and working in Bolivia, and relocated to the UK to pursue my academic career. I currently live in Edinburgh with my partner and two young kids, spending time in the Italian Western Alps, my other home, whenever we can.