Pietro Pirani

piraniAssistant Professor, Italian

Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
Office: AHB 3G28M
Extension: 86039
Email: ppirani2@uwo.ca

Office Hours: Mondays from 11:30am - 12:30pm or by appointment

Areas of Interest

  • Italian political culture
  • Italian politics

Professional Appointments

  • 2001-present The University of Western Ontario
  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • “ITA1030: Italian for Beginners”
  • “ITA2250: Intermediate Italian”

Awards and Recognition:

2016-17 Faculty Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Award

Faculty of Arts and Humanities 2009 Teaching Excellence Award

University Student Council’s Honour Roll: from 2001-2002 to 2003-2004, and since 2012

Selected Publications

“Elites in Action: Change and Continuity in Strategic Culture”, Political Studies Review (2014) doi: 10.1111/1478-9302.12058

“Irresistible Signs: The Genius of Language and Italian National Identity”, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 34.1 (2013).

“La Grande Italia: The Myth of the Nation in the Twentieth Century”, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 32.3 (2011).

“‘The Way We Were’: The Social Construction of Italian Security Policy”, Modern Italy, 15.2 (May 2010).

“Italy”. In Be My Guest: Entertaining Through World History, edited by Francine Segan. Westport, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009.

Current Book Projects:

The Concept of Resistance in Italy: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Co-edited with Dr. Maria Laura Mosco. Peer-reviewed. Under contract with Rowman & Littlefield International.

Recent Presentations

“ICAP e la comunità italiana di London: sfide e progetti”. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2016.

“From Economic Sanctions to Military Intervention: The Social Construction of Economic Statecraft”. Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario, June 2014.

“Teaching a Second Language Through Cultural Lenses: The Italian Experience”. Paper presented at Innovative Approaches to Second Language Teaching (IASLT) Conference, London, Ontario, April 8 2011.

“Europe and Identity in the 21st Century”. Invited participant sponsored by the European Studies Program at Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario, March 2011.

“Italy, Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Intervention”. Paper presented at the 23rd Academic Council United Nations System Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria, June 2010.

“The Way We Were’: Continuity and Change in Italian Strategic Culture”. Invited participant sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, March 2010.

“Europe: A New Political Identity?”. Invited participant sponsored by the European Studies Program at Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario, March 2010.


2011      Agnes Cole Dark Fund – UWO ($1,950)

2010      Faculty Alumni Awards – UWO ($1,758)

2009      Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award – UWO ($1,500)
              Agnes Cole Dark Fund ($1,482)
              Research Grant – Huron College University ($1,045)

2008      SSHRC Internal Travel Grant ($1,594)