Born and raised in Rome where he obtained his JD and MA, Lorenzo Rinelli grew intellectually under the guidance of Michael Shapiro at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where his academic engagement began. Since 2007, he has taught various courses with particular focus on International Law, European Politics and International Relations. His academic interests include urban border studies, migration theory, postcolonial theory and aesthetics in world politics.
He is more recently the founder and coordinator of L’Osservatorio - a research center on civilian victims of armed conflicts.
His monograph entitled “African Migrants and Europe: Managing the ultimate frontier” has been published in 2016 by Routledge for the African Politics and International Relation Series.