Fabio Capano

Professorial Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise

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

Dr. Fabio Capano is a twentieth-century European historian whose research interests span from conflict resolution and the process of European integration to the realm of international history and Cold War studies. His work analyzes the complex relationships between right-wing political formations and state actors in and outside the Adriatic city of Trieste during the Cold War. In addition, it unveils the enduring legacy of the public use of national patriotism in borderland regions and its detrimental effects on the process of sociopolitical reconciliation. Dr. Capano earned his Master’s Degree from the School of International and European Studies at University of Trento (Italy) and his Ph.D at West Virginia University. Prior to his current role in corporate training and development, he served as an Associate Director and faculty member at the American University.

Current Research

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.