About Professor James Walston

Over the course of a quarter century Professor Walston was not only a founding father of the present university, but it’s most distinguished, gracious and charismatic public champion. He was a beloved professor who provided his students with fascinating classes and real-world experiences, always combined with a habitually gentle wisdom.

Professor Walston studied at Cambridge University and later at La Sapienza. He taught in many American programs in Italy before becoming the chair of AUR’s Department of International Relations. Over his long career he specialized in contemporary Italian politics and conflict resolution and also established AUR’s Center for Research on Racism in Italy. His blog, publications and media coverage illuminated the otherwise complicated arena of Italian politics becoming a reference for those who needed to make sense of the present and future position of the country in an international context (e.g. embassies, politicians, journalists).

Read Messages for James on His In Memorium page