Fabio Capano

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Email: Fabio Capano

Dr. Fabio Capano is a twentieth-century European historian whose research interests span from nationalism, conflict resolution and the process of European integration to the realm of international history and Cold War studies. Fabio holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the School of European and International Studies in Trento (Italy) as well as an MA in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in European History from West Virginia University. He is currently working in commercial operations for a global corporation. 

Prior to his current role in, he served as a peacekeeper for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Albania in 2001 and also worked for the Streit Council for a Union of Democracies as a policy analyst. He taught and researched at different institutions, including George Mason University, George Washington University, and, more recently, American University where he led an academic program for international students as an Associate Director and faculty member. Since 2015, Fabio has served as a program officer for f-r-e-e (friendship- respect-education-engagement), an international non-profit organization working in peace and community building in post-conflict environments.

As an adjunct professor in the Global Capstone Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs Fabio has advised students on topics such as geo-politics and cyber-terrorism in the Artic, Morocco’s transition to renewable energy, U.S. over-regulation in the earth observation/space industry, and the impact of climate migrants on US national security.

Ethnic politics and Nationalism; Borderland identities; European integration; International history and Transatlantic relations

Dr. Capano is currently preparing the manuscript, “Cold War Trieste: Nationalism, Localism, and “Italianità” in a Contested Borderland at the Terminus of the Iron Curtain.” This work investigates the issue of political violence, anti-Communist propaganda, and the trajectory of ideas of nationhood in Cold War Italy. While focusing on the former Italian-Yugoslav border the book examines the long-term legacy of the confrontational logic of the Cold War in post-war Europe.