Lorenzo Cello holds a BA and a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Political Science (2017) from the University of Queensland, where he taught politics and international relations at graduate and undergraduate level.
His research interests lie at the intersection between international relations theory and the history of international thought. By adopting an approach that combines history and theory, his research attempts to recover some forgotten (or misunderstood) intellectual resources in order to shed light on international relations and world politics today. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Review of International Studies; Global Intellectual History) and presented at several international conferences (e.g International Studies Association, London School of Economics, Italian Standing Group of International Relations, Australian Political Science Association, and Oceanic Conference on International Studies).
Lorenzo is currently working on the publication of a monograph on Jeremy Bentham's international thought. The book addresses an interdisciplinary audience of historians and international relations scholars interested in the historical origins of ‘the international’ and the evolution of the modern international order. By examining Bentham’s attempts to imagine ways to govern, regulate and reform political relations beyond national borders, this study reconstructs his vision of an international order of ‘nations professing liberal opinions’ and his efforts to promote it.
Outside academia, he has worked in local and international projects on youth education, active citizenship and sustainable development. A native Italian speaker, he is also fluent in English. Working on his Spanish.