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Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert

C. Grove Haines Professor of History and International Studies

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  • Campus Location: SAIS Europe
  • Office Location: SAIS Europe, Room 207


Professor Gilbert is the C. Grove Haines Professor and Professor of History and International Studies at SAIS Europe. 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 "Italy Reborn: From Fascism to Democracy." The book will be published by Penguin/Allen Lane, Rizzoli and W.W. Norton in 2024.




  • Europe
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Western Europe


  • Diplomacy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • History
  • Politics


  • French
  • Italian

In the News

Italy’s new leader faces familiar problems, including fickle voters

In the Washington Post, Professor Gilbert writes about the results of the Italian general elections that occurred this past weekend. He explains that Giorgia Meloni's win has brought fear to the public because, although she claims to no longer be a fascist, her political party descends from neo-fascist ideals.

Far-right Nationalist Giorgia Meloni Elected as Italy's First Female Prime Minister

Mark Gilbert gives background information and analysis in an NBC news special report on the election of Giorgia Meloni.

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.