Maurizio Viroli is professor of political theory within the Department of Politics and associated faculty within the Department of History at Princeton University. He is also director of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is full professor of political communication. His main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought, classical republicanism and neo-republicanism, with a special expertise on Niccolò Machiavelli and Jean Jacques Rousseau. He is the the author of Jean Jacques Rousseau and the Well-Ordered Society; L’Etica Laica di Erminio Juvalta, Franco Angeli; From Politics to Reason of State; The Acquisition and Transformation of the Language of Politics (1250-1600); For Love of Country: An Essay on Patriotism and Nationalism; and Machiavelli.