B.A. in political science and international relations, University of Milan
M.A. in international affairs, Tufts University
Areas of expertise: Cybersecurity, cyber crime, information security strategies and policies, NATO and transatlantic relations, EU policies and institutions, United Nations
Spidalieri's research focuses on cybersecurity education and awareness. She also contributes to research activities on cybersecurity at the U.S. Naval War College's Center for Cyber Conflict Studies under the mentorship of Chris Demchak. Before joining the Pell Center, Spidalieri worked as a research analyst for Femin Ijtihad, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the study of Islamic jurisprudence and law in pursuit of gender equality, and as an interpreter assistant in Paris, France. Her graduate thesis, "NATO-EU Relations: A Strategic Partnership in the Making," analyzed the implications of a stronger European security and defense policy on the NATO-EU relationship. Fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish, Spidalieri is also an Italian tutor in the U.S. for Italian companies.