Alessandro Brogi

Alessandro Brogi


Director of Undergraduate Studies

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5888

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Alessandro Brogi received two Ph.D.s (from Ohio University in 1998 and from the University of Florence, Italy in 1993).  A native of Florence, Italy, Brogi has resided in the United States since 1990, but prefers to keep a dual citizenship.  Brogi’s first book, in Italian, analyzes U.S.-Italian relations in the early Cold War, and is titled L‘Italia e l‘egemonia americana nel Mediterraneo (Italy and American Hegemony in the Mediterranean) (Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1996). The book was finalist for Italy’s most renowned book prize, Acqui Storia, and a finalist for the OAH foreign book prize. His second book is titled A Question of Self-Esteem: The United States and the Cold War Choices in France and Italy, 1944-1958 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002), and has been featured as a prominent reconceptualization of the importance and limits of soft power in international relations. His latest book analyzes left-wing anti-Americanism in France and Italy during the Cold War, and U.S. reactions and strategies to stop the advance of communism in both countries: the title is Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011). In 2012 the book was awarded the biennial Charles Smith prize by the Southern Historical Society. Currently, Prof. Brogi is working on a book project tentatively titled The United States and Italy in the Cold War: An Interpretive History. Brogi has also published several book chapters, as well as articles on U.S.-European relations in journals including the prime Diplomatic History, Cold War History, and the Journal of Cold War Studies.

  • U.S. strategic and cultural relations with Western Europe during the Cold War.
  • History of Amer. People 1877 to Present
  • US Diplomatic History, 1945-Present
  • US Diplomatic History, 1898-1945
  • Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present
  • Recent U.S. History, 1941-Present
  • Modern Italy and the World, 1861-Present
  • Honors Methods

Ph.D., U.S. History, Ohio University

Ph.D., History of International Relations, University of Florence

M.A., History, Ohio University

B.S., Political Scienence - International Relations, University of Florence

  • Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and Communists in France and ItalyUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2011.
  • A Question of Self-Esteem: The United States and the Cold War Choices - France and Italy, 1944-1958, (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001) (International History Series).
  • L'Italia e l'egemonia americana nel Mediterraneo, [Italy and American Hegemony in the Mediterranean] (Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1996).


  • Lecturer and John Olin Fellow in International Security Studies from 1999 to 2002 at Yale University
  • Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, Italy, Fall 2004
  • Smith Book Award from the European Section of the Southern Historical Association for Confronting America
  • Finalist for Acqui Storia, Italy’s most renowned book prize, for L‘Italia e l‘egemonia americana nel Mediterraneo
  • Finalist for the Organization of American Historians foreign book prize for L‘Italia e l‘egemonia americana nel Mediterraneo 
  • Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo Fellowship, Fall 2007
  • Senior Fellowship, Roosevelt Institute of American Studies, Middelburg, Netherlands, Fall 2020