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Alessandro Iandolo

Alessandro Iandolo

(BA Rome MPhil Cantab DPhil Oxon)

Departmental Lecturer in Twentieth-Century International History
St Catherine's College

Dr Iandolo’s main research interest is the history of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, with a specific focus on Soviet economic and technical cooperation with the Third World. He is finalising a book that focuses on the USSR’s relations with Ghana, Guinea, and Mali during the Khrushchev era, based on Soviet, Ghanaian, Malian, British, French and American archival sources. The core aim of his research is to show the key contribution made by the Soviet Union to the emergence of a model of development centred on state investment and public ownership - a model that has proved successful in a large number of developing countries in recent decades.

Thanks to support from the British Academy and the John Fell fund at Oxford, Dr Iandolo is currently developing a new research project that explores the ways in which international politics has influenced the development of the theory of economic growth in the Western, socialist and developing worlds from 1945 until the present day.



International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars

International Relations in the Era of the Cold War



The USSR and Russia in International Relations since 1945

Previous Posts Held

Before joining DPIR in January 2017, Dr Iandolo was Fulbright fellow in the Department of History at Columbia University. Previously, he was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Iandolo taught modern history and international relations at the University of the West of England, Cardiff University, the LSE, and at the New Economic School in Moscow. Dr Iandolo obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2012. He also gained an MPhil in Modern History from the University of Cambridge (2007), a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Warwick (2006), and a BA in Politics & Economics from Roma Tre University (2004) in Italy.


"De-Stalinizing Growth: Decolonization and the Development of Development Economics in the Soviet Union" in S. Macekura and E. Manela (eds.), The Development Century: A Global History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

“Beyond the Shoe: Rethinking Khrushchev at the Fifteenth Session of the United Nations General Assembly”, Diplomatic History, Vol. 41, Issue 1, January 2017.

“Imbalance of Power: The Soviet Union and the Congo Crisis, 1960-1961”, Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 2, Spring 2014.

“Unforgettable 1956? The PCI and the crisis of communism in Italy”, Contemporary European History, Vol. 3, Issue 2, May 2014.

“The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Model of Development in West Africa, 1957-1964", Cold War History, Vol. 12, Issue 4, November 2012.