Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meeting our faculty: Prof. Alvisi

Matteo Alvisi, who teaches economics at SAIS Bologna, is the latest professor to be profiled in this Journal.


Your degrees?
Laurea (MA), Economics, University of Bologna
M.Phil, Economics, UCLA
Ph.D, Economics, Bocconi University, Milan
Ph.D, Economics, UCLA

Where have you taught?
University of California, Los Angeles; Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna; University of Bologna

What course are you teaching?

Anything special about SAIS Bologna?
I am sure  other professors have already indicated what is special about studying at SAIS. I will  focus on  two reasons why teaching at SAIS is a unique experience. First, students are really eager to discover new perspectives when interpreting political and economic events; they infect me with their enthusiam. Second, their very diverse backgrounds, both educational and cultural, inspire us to teach using  a multidisciplinary approach and provide a continuous source of new information on how the world turns.

Anything special about Bologna?
Bologna is the home of one of the oldest universities in the world and even nowadays, despite its medieval look, it is one of the liveliest, more liberal and culturally more exciting cities in Italy. With lots of bonuses: it is relatively small so that everything can be reached simply walking under its “portici” (so blessed during rainy days), it is not as touristy as Rome, Florence or Venice -- so more genuinely Italian -- and finally, well, yes, the incredibly tasty food.

Your favorite book?
Just one? Let me cite at least two titles, one European and one American:  “Auto-da-Fé”, by Elias Canetti and “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. 

Sports, art movies, indie music

A quote?
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine

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