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Mark Gilbert

Professor of History and International Studies


Gilbert was educated (B.A. hons Politics, 1983) at Durham University and was awarded a PhD in contemporary history by the University of Wales (1990). Before joining SAIS, he was associate professor in contemporary history and international studies at the University of Trento and lecturer in European studies at the University of Bath. He began his academic career as assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College. Gilbert has been Associate Editor of the "Journal of Modern Italian Studies" since 2015. He served as Chair of the 2018 Cundill Prize. He is currently working on a book entitled "The Birth of Democracy in Italy: A Political and Social History, 1943-54." The book will be published by Penguin/Allen Lane, Rizzoli and W.W. Norton in the summer of 2023.

Gilbert, M. (2020). European Integration: A Political History. 2nd edition. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Gilbert, M. & Pasquinucci, D. (eds) (2020). Euroscepticisms: The Historical Roots of a Political Challenge. Brill Publishing.

Frosini, J. & Gilbert, M. (2019). "The Brexit Car-crash: Using E.H. Carr to explain Britain's Choice to Leave the European Union in 2016," in Journal of European Public Policy, 27, no. 5.

Gilbert, M., Oberloskamp, E. & Raithal, T. (eds) (2019). German Yearbook of Contemporary History: Germany and European Integration (vol. 4).

Brunazzo, M. & Gilbert, M. (2017). "Insurgents Against Brussels: Euroscepticism and the right-wing populist turn of the Lega Nord since 2013," in Journal of Modern Italian Studies (vol. 22).

Bell, P. M., & Gilbert, M. (2016). The world since 1945: An international history. London; Oxford; New York; New Delhi; Sydney: Bloomsbury.

Gilbert, M. (2014). Cold war Europe: The politics of a contested continent. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Gilbert, M. (2011). European integration: A concise history. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield.

Gilbert, M., & Nilsson, K. R. (2007). Historical dictionary of modern Italy. Lanham (MD): Scarecrow Press.

Gilbert, M. (2003). Surpassing Realism: The Politics of European Integration since 1945. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Bull, A. C., & Gilbert, M. F. (2001). Lega Nord and the northern question in Italian politics. Basingstoke, Hampshire,: Palgrave.

Gilbert, M. (1995). The Italian revolution: The end of politics, Italian style?Boulder: Westview Press.

His work on current affairs has appeared in The National Interest, Survival, World Policy Journal, and on




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In the News

The Brexit car crash: Using E.H. Carr’s “What is History?” to explain the result.

Justin Frosini and Mark Gilbert wrote for London School of Economics, 6/4

As doubts persist about Italy’s new government, Salvini plots his comeback.

Mark Gilbert interviewed on World Politics Review podcast, 9/6

Internal divisions sank Italy’s last government. Will its new one fare any better?

Mark Gilbert interviewed on World Politics Review’s Trend Lines, 9/4

Up Close and Personal with the World’s Top Works of History

Johns Hopkins SAIS Professor of History and International Studies Mark Gilbert was selected as the 2018 Chair of Jury for the prestigious Cundill History Prize, recognizing each year the best history writing in English.