Omar Bortolazzi

Graduate Program Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) & Associate Professor of Political Science

School of Arts & Sciences

Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies


PhD Political Science (Science Po, Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne) and History (Università degli Studi di Bologna)
MA International Studies in Philanthropy, University degli Studi di Bologna
MA Political Science, Università degli Studi di Bologna

Dr. Bortolazzi joined the American University in Dubai in January 2016. Before joining AUD, he worked at the University of Bologna as Associate Researcher and Assistant Professor in the History, Anthropology and Cultures Department and as Coordinator of the Philanthropy and Social Innovation Research Centre (PHaSI, University of Bologna) for several years. He has also worked as associate editor of the academic journal Giving - Thematic Issues in Philanthropy and Social Innovation for five years. He has conducted several lectures and seminars at the University of Bologna and at other international academic institutions. Dr. Bortolazzi has also been a visiting scholar and researcher in numerous universities including University of Bath, UK; Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Beirut Arab University, and Lebanese American University.

Dr. Bortolazzi’s research interests mainly focus on politics in the Middle East; philanthropy, civil society and social/political movements in the Arab/Islamic world and in comparative perspective; international relations; political violence.

Dr. Bortolazzi teaches courses in Political Science and International Relations, International and Cultural Diplomacy, Politics in the Middle East, History of Philanthropy and Non-Governmental Organizations.

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