Andrea Graziosi is full professor of contemporary history at the University of Naples "Federico II" (Università di Napoli "Federico II"), and co-director, history section, at the European School of Advanced Studies, in Naples. He is also President of the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research. He is a recognized authority in modern East European, Soviet and Ukrainian history. He authored seven books, including the influential The Great Soviet Peasant War. Bolsheviks and Peasants, 1918-1934, published by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in 1997 and which later came out also in Italian (1998) and Russian (2001) editions.