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Patrick Cavaliere

Patrick Cavaliere

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts
School of Liberal Arts
Faculty of Arts
A-261, Arts Building


Dr. Patrick Anthony Cavaliere holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford where he completed his studies as a Commonwealth Doctoral Fellow in Politics and Law at Oriel College under the direction of the late Denis Mack Smith (1920-2017) of All Souls College. Dr. Cavaliere has held positions at the University of Bologna, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, the University of Toronto, the Osgoode Hall Law School, the IMBA Program at the Schulich Business School at York University, the University of New Brunswick, and he has worked for several years as both special assistant to the President of the Italian Constitutional Court and political attaché to the Italian Minister of European Affairs in Rome, Italy. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Modern European History at Laurentian University, where he is Associate Professor of History, Dr. Cavaliere also teaches at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where he is a Permanent Adjunct Professor of History with the Department of Languages for Public Policy in the Faculty of Political Sciences. At the University of Rome, Dr. Cavaliere is involved specifically with the graduate program in linguistic and cultural mediation where he teaches courses on rhetoric, power, politics, and translation in historical perspective. Dr. Cavaliere has published extensively in the field of Italian Fascist criminal justice, and has received numerous awards and fellowships for his contributions. In 2004 Dr. Cavaliere was awarded the prestigious Premio Camerino by the University of Camerino in recognition of the high levels of originality and dedication in his intellectual and scholarly work on Italian politics and history. In 2009 he was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Italian History by the LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy’s top ranked private university. Among his most important scholarly contributions is a monograph entitled: Il diritto penale politico dallo Stato liberale allo Stato totalitario: Storia delle ideologie penalistiche tra istituzioni e interpretazioni (ARACNE Editice, Roma: 2009). Forthcoming with ARACNE Editrice of Rome Italy is an Italian monograph entitled Storia del Tribunale Speciale per la Difesa dello Stato: 1926-1945: Temi, Testimonianze e Documenti, the first volume of a multi-volume edition that chronicles the history of the Fascist Special Tribunal. A long-term research and publication initiative, funded by the internationally renowned Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, is entitled Antisemitism in Fascist Italy: From the Rise of Fascism to the Racial Laws of 1938 and the Politics of the Final Solution. Dr. Cavaliere is currently an elected member of the Laurentian University Senate and a member of the Laurentian University Board of Governors.


  • BA Spec. Hons., Political Science, York University (Canada)
  • MA, Political Science, York University (Canada)
  • DPhil, Politics and Law, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Academic Appointments

  • Laurentian University, Department of History — Professor
  • University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’, Faculty of Political Sciences — Professor
  • University of New Brunswick, Department of History and Politics — Professor
  • University of Toronto, Department of History — Senior Research Fellow
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University — Senior Research Fellow
  • Schulich School of Business, York University, International MBA Program — Professor, European Studies Coordinator, & Assoc. Graduate Dean Academic
  • Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University — Senior Research Fellow
  • International Center for the Study of Constitutional Justice, Italian Constitutional Court — Senior Research Fellow
  • Italian Ministry of European Affairs — Political Attaché



  • 'Matteo Ricci' Distingusihed Scholar Award, University of Macerata, Italy, 2017.
  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Italian History, University LUISS Guido-Carli, Rome, Italy, 2009.
  • 'Premio Camerino', Camerino Prize in recognition of the high levels of originality and dedication in his intellectual and scholarly work on Italian history, University of Camerino, Italy, 2004.
  • 'Bendetoo Croce Lecture Prize', Italian Association of Universities for the Humanities and Social Sciences — Rome, Italy, 2002.