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Sandro Mezzadra is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna, where he also teaches Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. He graduated first in Philosophy at the University of Genoa and then in Political Sciences at the University of Bologna, where he obtained a PhD in 1993 with a dissertation on the political and juridical thought of Hugo Preuss. He then got a number of grants at prestigious European institutions, such as the Humboldt Universität in Berlin and the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt.

In 2003 he was a researcher at Duke University, Durham, NC (Literature Program), and in 2006-08 at University of Western Sydney for their "Eminent research visitors scheme". In 2009 he was fellow at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall (Paris), for the project "Conflicts, Claims, Law, and Constitution-building". In 2010 he was Visiting Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, NC. In 2012 he was nominated Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney.

He is on the board of a number of prestigious Italian and international scientific journals and is the principal coordinator of important European research projects. His research activity concerns the history of political theories, political philosophy and postcolonial studies. He has recently authored a volume on the contemporary transformations of the institution of the border (Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor, with Brett Neilson, Duke Universtiy Press, 2013).