Date of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: Italian Studies

First Advisor

Professor Dario Del Puppo


I have researched how Italian domestic policies has been impacted by ISIS in recent years, in particular through the lenses of the threat of terrorism, and the refugee crisis. Recent examples include the terrorist attacks in neighboring France and Belgium, and the multilateral agreement to relocate refugees to Turkey. My two hypotheses based on my research are that the threat of terrorism has caused Italian domestic policies to become more conservative, such as attempted bans on religious iconography like the hijab, while the refugee crisis has actually caused resultant policies to become more liberal, such as the ambitious humanitarian program "Operation Mare Nostrum".


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies.