Costanza Hermanin

Director of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute and Professor of EU Politica at the College of Europe in Bruges

Costanza Hermanin is presently directing the Inclusive Leadership for Sustainable Governance Initiative at the European University Institute. She is the President of the Italian NGO EquALL. Costanza Hermanin is a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. She has been teaching for over ten years in various universities across Europe: Sciences-Po Paris, the College of Europe in Bruges, and LUISS and John Cabot in Rome. Costanza got her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and was then awarded a Fulbright Postdoc Scholarship that she spent partly at Columbia Law School and partly at UC Berkeley.

She has been authoring and editing academic publications (among them: "Fighting Discrimination in Europe”, Routledge, 2012) as well as policy papers. She is among the funding members of Berkeley’s comparative antidiscrimination policy study group, a network of more than 500 scholars and practitioners from all over the world. Her research focuses on the European Union’s decision-making and policy, especially in the areas of justice and home affairs, on migration in Europe and Italy and equality law. At John Cabot, she teaches classes on comparative politics, nationalism ethnicity and integration and gender issues.

Throughout her career she also worked in the cabinet of Italy’s Minister of Justice (2016-2018). Previously, she was a Senior Analyst at the European Policy Institute of the Open Society Foundations in Brussels and held positions within the European Commission, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  and the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced studies.

In 2012 she got, with Pierpaolo Settembri, the Pademia award for outstanding teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. She is a member of the European Commission Against Racism and Xenophobia of the Council of Europe for Italy.