Raffaella A. Del Sarto is Senior Lecturer of Middle East Studies
at SAIS Europe
Raffaella A. Del Sarto is Senior Lecturer of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe campus, and Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute. She holds the Italian habilitation at the level of Full Professor of Political Science. She is interested in the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa—particularly in relation to Europe, the domestic-foreign policy nexus, questions of borders, power and interdependence, the development of the regional order in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Israel’s foreign and domestic policies. Before joining SAIS Europe, she was a part-time professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she directed the BORDERLANDS
research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Prior to this she was a Pears Fellow at Oxford University’s St Antony’s College, and prior to this, a Marie Curie Fellow and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. She received her PhD in International Relations (summa cum laude
) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her MA in Political Science from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. In the late 1990s, during the Oslo process, she worked as a project manager with the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Jerusalem, managing a German government fund in support of Palestinian civil society organizations and peace-making.
Del Sarto's articles have appeared in International Affairs, The Middle East Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies, Democratization, Mediterranean Politics
and several other journals and volumes. For a complete list of publications see here
She is fluent in five languages: English, Italian, German, French, and Hebrew, and she knows some Arabic and some Spanish.