Vito Morisco



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Department: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS)

Vito Morisco obtained his bachelor's degree in Intercultural Communication and Mediation at the University of Bari, Italy, in 2013 and worked as an intern at the immigration office of the Italian Ministry of the Interior. In 2015, he completed a two-year master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Siena, Italy, with a dissertation on Italian foreign policy in the Mediterranean by analysing archival historical sources.

During his MA, Vito also worked as an intern at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a US Department of Defence organisation based in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, focusing on cyber security and terrorism. In September 2017, he completed his master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, with a dissertation on collective deradicalisation dynamics in Algeria and Tajikistan under the supervision of Dr Omar Ashour. 

Before returning to the IAIS as a doctoral student, Vito completed a Certificate in Terrorism Studies at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St. Andrews. He is currently working on a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies and his research is supervised by Dr Lise Storm and Dr Billie Jeanne Brownlee. 

In addition, he studied Persian at the Dehkhoda Lexicon Institute at the University of Tehran in Iran and Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman. 

Vito is currently working as postgraduate teaching assistant (PTA) at the University of Exeter and as non-resident junior analyst in a private think tank based in London – the Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs (IISA) – where his responsibilities include drafting weekly reports on armed groups in Libya and Syria and supporting Track II diplomatic initiatives.