Dr. Simoni holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University
Southern California (USC). A native of Italy, she has a B.A. in Political Science -International Relations concentration- from Universitá
degli Studi di Roma
and an M.A. in Political Science from California State University Long Beach. Her teaching and research interests include International Relations, International Security, Transatlantic Relations, International Organization and Foreign Policy.
She has published her first manuscript entitled Understanding Transatlantic Relations: Whither the West? (2013) with Routledge. Breaking away from the conventional way to study transatlantic relations, she uses a constructivist theoretical lens to argue that the transatlantic partners' changing identities since the early 1990's have influenced their political interests and, as a consequence, their national security policies.
Dr. Simoni is also researching a second manuscript on trans-border criminality and human security.Still with a focus on transatlantic relations, this research is centered on international security vis-a-vis international law. More specifically, she is analyzing the relationship between international security, the behavior of states and the formation of international norms.
She has taught at the California State University Long Beach and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught courses such as Introduction to International Politics, Issues in Global Politics, Transatlantic Relations, Introduction to Contemporary Europe and International Law, the Senior Thesis Seminar in International Relations. She has worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an international observer in Albania when in 1996-1997 the country was convulsed by the dramatic rise and collapse of several huge financial pyramid schemes. With the end of hostilities in the Balkans, Dr. Simoni joined the OSCE mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republika Srpska with the mandate to assist the country to make the transition to a stable, peaceful, democratic, multi-ethnic and self-sustaining society. Dr. Simoni has been employed by the Italian Department of State as a consultant in Political Affairs.
Dr. Simoni enjoys reading, traveling, movies and music. She is married to Dr. Carlo Chiarenza, an Emeritus Professor of Literature and Cinema, and former Executive Director of the Fulbright Program in Italy.
- International Relations
- International Security
- Transatlantic Relations
- International Organization
- Foreign Policy