I am a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and the author of two monographs - The Russian Mafia and Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories.

I studied at the Universities of Bologna, Cambridge and Oxford and have lived in Italy, Canada, Russia, the United States and the UK. I have also taught at Yale University and Williams College.

A portrait of Federico Varese

I mainly work on organised crime, corruption, Soviet criminal history, and the dynamics of altruistic behaviour.

In addition to publishing papers in academic journals, I write for The Times Literary Supplement and, in Italy, for the daily La Stampa and Il Mattino, and the journals Lo Straniero, Belfagor, Internazionale and Narcomafie. I have also published in The New York Times online, The Times and Dissent Magazine.

"Varese is one of the most acute students of global organised crime and a gripping storyteller."

Misha Glenny, London Review of Books

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