Faculty Spotlight: Marco Rimanelli, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and International Studies

November 20, 2014

After a sabbatical year abroad as winner of the annual U.S. Fulbright-Schuman Chair grant – the only such grant awarded each year by Fulbright - Dr. Marco Rimanelli has returned to teaching political science at Saint Leo University with fresh insights into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (E.U.), two important research areas of the professor.

Dr. Rimanelli spent time during the 2013-2014 academic year at the E.U.’s graduate College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, an hour away from the Brussels headquarters of the E.U. and NATO, at the Johns-Hopkins University SAIS Europe Center in Bologna, Italy, and at the American University in Paris. At NATO he had the opportunity to study U.S. “soft diplomacy” and how it operates globally. He explains his work in an in-depth interview conducted by the U.S. Embassy and the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, which can be found here.

In Europe, Dr. Rimanelli taught courses to graduate students on US-E.U.-NATO security and diplomacy. He helped develop a new Master’s program on Trans-Atlantic studies for the College of Europe. He also led several field study trips for students to the E.U. and NATO, including a trip made up of over seventy students, to NATO headquarters in November 2013 where they heard lectures about the Alliance’s history, its current missions and its future (see photo).

Dr. Rimanelli also organized field trips to The Hague in the Netherlands, to the International Criminal Court, to the World War I and World War II battlefields in Belgium and France, and to Germany, Great Britain, and Italy.

At the College of Europe, in addition to delivering lectures, Dr. Rimanelli organized an international conference in January 2014 entitled “NATO’s Future” and helped organize panels for the College of Europe’s 2013-2014 “EU Neighborhood I & II” conferences. Dr. Rimanelli was also interviewed by Television channel France 24 about the Russia-Ukraine crisis, which can be found here.

Dr. Rimanelli’s successful experience at College of Europe culminated in an interview of the Saint Leo professor by the New York Times regarding the College of Europe and its successful educational model. To read the story, click here.

Additionally, Dr. Rimanelli served as the faculty liaison for the Fulbright Commission-Europe in Brussels and for Fulbright-Paris. Currently, Dr. Rimanelli is developing a World Wars Centennial spring break study trip for 2016 to take Saint Leo students to Paris, Brussels, and Normandy, with visits also to the E.U. and NATO.