Maurizio Viroli is Director of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is Professor of Political Communication. He also is Professor of Political Theory within the Department of Politics and associated faculty within the Department of History at Princeton University.
Viroli serves as Senior Research Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto of Moncalieri and has founded and is now the Director of a Master´s program in Civic education established at Asti by Ethica Forum Association of Asti with the support of Professor Robert P. George and the James Madison Program of Princeton University. Finally, he is scientific coordinator of the Academies of Civic Education of the Compagnia San Paolo Foundation.
He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute of Firenze. His dissertation, on Rousseau´s political thought, was published with the title Jean Jacques Rousseau and the Well-Ordered Society, Cambridge University Press, 1988.
He taught and conducted researches at the Universities of Cambridge (Clare Hall), Georgetown, United Arab Emirates, Trento, Campobasso, Ferrara and at Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, European University Insitute of Firenze (Jean Monnet Fellow), Collegio of Milano and Scuola Superiore di Amministrazione dell´Interno
He served as an advisor on cultural activities to the President of the Italian Republic, during the presidency of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (1999-2006) and worked for the President of the Camera dei Deputati, during the presidency of Luciano Violante (1996-2001). He also was coordinator of the National Commitee for the Improvement of the Republican Culture, Ministry of Home Office and consultant of ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities). On May 30, 2001 he was appointed Ufficiale dell´Ordine al Merito of the Italian Republic
- L´etica laica di Erminio Juvalta, Franco Angeli, 1988
- From Politics to Reason of State. The Acquisition and Transformation of the Language of Politics (1250-1600), Cambridge University press, 1992
- For Love of Country: an Essay on Patriotism and Nationalism, Clarendon Press, 1995
- Piccole patrie, grande mondo, (with M. C. Nussbaum and G. E. Rusconi, Donzelli, 1995
- Machiavelli, Oxford Universityy press, 1998
- Il sorriso di Niccolò. Storia di Machiavelli, Laterza, 2001 [Eng. Trans. Niccolò´s Smile, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2000]
- Repubblicanesimo, Laterza, 1999 [Eng. Trans. Republicanism, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2002]
- Dialogo intorno alla Repubblica, (with N. Bobbio), Laterza, 2001 [Eng. Trans. The Idea of the Republic, Cambridge Polity press, 2003]
- Il Dio di Machiavelli e il problema morale dell´Italia, Laterza, 2006 [Eng. Trans. Machiavelli´s God, Princeton University press, 2010
- How to read Machiavelli, Granda, 2008
- L´Italia dei doveri, Rizzoli, 2008
- Come se Dio ci fosse. Religione e libertà nella storia d´Italia, Einaudi, 2009
- La libertà dei servi, Laterza, 2010
- L´intransigente, Laterza, 2011
- Introduction, N. Machiavelli, The Prince, Oxford University press, 2005
- Introduction, G. Mazzini, Opere politiche, UTET, 2005
- Machiavelli and Republicanism, (with G. Bock and Q. Skinner), Cambridge University press, 1990