Amedeo Varriale is currently a third-year (full-time) Ph.D candidate and Research Assistant at the University of East London, UK. He has previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Politics and International Relations at Kingston University in 2016 as well as a Master of Arts from the University of Westminster in 2017 on International Relations and Security Studies. His final year dissertation at Kingston focused on the success and failures of far-right electoral strategies in post-war Italy and Germany. Currently, he is studying to become a specialist in contemporary populism and nationalism. While working on his doctoral thesis he is also participating in a ‘go-to textbook’ project funded by the University of Toronto where his next publication English Nationalism: An Anatomy will soon be made available. Moreover, this author is also an occasional contributor to UEL’s Crossing Conceptual Boundaries yearly academic journal. With a keen interest in political science, involving both academia and journalism, Varriale has also been active in British political circles that address issues concerning freedom of speech, individual rights, and national identity. All things considered, he wishes to pursue a future academic career somewhere in Britain or continental Europe.
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