Good teachers are my role model: they taught me to be passionate about comparative politics, to think critical about social issues, and to be analytical in the understanding of competing explanation.
As a teacher, I prompt students to think about comparative politics in terms of competing goals and place current debates in the broader political, normative and historical context in which they arise.. I do not weigh in on any side. Instead, I invite students to work on the sources, develop their own argument, and defend it (and often disagree) on scientific grounds.
I like to think of classes as the bridge between academic theories and human affairs. To is why I often envisage open collaborative projects, such as short articles, public events, and podcasts, as part of the assessment for the seminars.
At the School of Transnational Governance I coordinate two master seminars: 'Global Migration Politics' (Fall term 2021) and 'Regulating Migration and Citizenship: Key Policy Challenges' (Spring Term 2022).
I previously taught a bachelor's level course on 'The European Union as a polity in the making' at the Department of Social Sciences of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Fall semester 2016/17) and a bachelor's course, also on 'The European Union as a polity in the making' (Fall semester 2016/17), at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Trento as part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence's program. Finally, I have taught a master's level course on ‘The origins and developments of the European Union’ at the School of Political Science of the University of Florence.
I have given occasional guest lectures on 'Italian Territorial Politics' for the master's programme of James Madison University in Florence (2017), 'The Multilevel Politics of Migration' for the master's programme of the Centre international de formation européenne in Berlin (2017), 'Health and Migration' for the master's programme Changing Societies of the University of Basel (2018), and 'Citizenship Policies' for the master's programme in Public Affairs of Sciences Po Paris (2022).
I have also given classes in secondary schools. In the Spring of 2015 I have taught on the history and the politics of the European Union in five high schools of the Province of Florence as part of the publicly funded project ‘Europe at School’.
Feedback from students
I just wanted to write to you saying thank you again for the class! It was so interesting listening about the citizenship issue more in depth, and I totally got captivated to look into it more on my own.
Thank you for being my supervisor and for all the work, patience, and understanding you provided both as a professor and as a thesis supervisor. You surely contributed to my growing interest in the topic of migration and you were the most helpful, available, efficient and dedicated supervisor a student could have hoped for. I truly hope this Masters will grow having more professors like you and I know for a fact this opinion is widely shared amongst our class.
This seminar was very useful in terms of content, and it was very stimulating to participate both to the lectures and to the activities, even if it was not mandatory. I think this course benefited me on a personal and academic level, because Lorenzo is really good at teaching and involving people in the discussion, but also at handling certain class dynamics that emerged during the course (he was the only professor who took an active role in improving the class environment and, even if I was not involved in them, I very much appreciated this).
I greatly appreciate how engaged the professor is, and how committed he seems to ensure that students learn and have a positive experience.
I believe that the lessons are conducted brilliantly, with a method that allows for student participation. I also think the idea of the podcast and the presentation of the articles is very appropriate.