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Alice Verticelli

PhD Alumna in Political Science

Graduated in 2021

Alice Verticelli received her PhD in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University in 2021, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She has a strong background and interest in Migration Studies and EU and Middle East Politics. Alice Verticelli has served as an Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant for various courses including International Relations, Globalization, Research Methods, Comparative Politics, and American Government.

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Research Interests

Alice is interested in borders and how policies and migrants shape them. She looks at how formal structures such as laws and regulations and informal factors such as public discourse, the spread of ideas, and migrant agency affect migration policy design, implementation, and effects. She is currently focusing on EU migration and external border policy and its effects on migrants and refugees.

Prior Work

Alice has worked as a Research Assistant at Harvard and Northeastern on migrant political incorporation and gender and development issues. Before joining Northeastern University, she worked with NGOs and non-profits related to refugees and minorities in Europe, the US, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and Egypt. More recently, she has organized and led a workshop in Brussels on the refugee and asylum policies in the EU, writing the subsequent report and policy paper.


Alice was born and raised in a small town on the Italian Adriatic coast. While studying for her BA and then MA in Political Science in Bologna, she developed her passion for Middle East studies and spent a year and a half working and studying in the US, France, Jordan, the West Bank, and Egypt. She enjoys playing with her child, cooking, and sharing food with her friends.


  • Co-authored (with Valentine Moghadam), “Women’s Empowerment and International Organizations: Comparing UNESCO and the World Bank,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, under review.
  • Co-authored (with Valentine Moghadam), “Women’s Movements in North Africa,” (chapter) in Yacob-Haliso O. and Falola T. (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies, 1stedition (2019), Springer. (forthcoming)
  • Co-authored (with Denis Sullivan), “History of Egypt,” (chapter) in The Middle East and North Africa 2019, 65th edition (2018), London and New York: Routledge.
  • Principal Author, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, Sustainable Solutions for EU Asylum and Integration Policies, May 2016, Policy Paper Number 02, Boston.

Degrees earned and institution:

BA in Political Science, Bologna University, summa cum laude

MA in International Relations, Bologna University, summa cum laude

Research Interests: Migration, Middle East, EU

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