Prof. Beatrice Nicolini Ph.D. has a degree in International Relations and Comparative Government from Harvard University, USA, and graduated in Political Science from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. She has a Ph.D. in History of Africa from Siena University, Italy. She teaches History and Institutions of Africa and she is member of Ph.D. School Committee History and Politics at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
Her research focuses on the connections between South Western Asia, the Persian/Arab Gulf, and Sub-Saharan East Africa. The history of the Indian Ocean, slave trade routes, and development issues are her main research topics through archive and fieldwork investigations. She has received grants and recognition from the Sultanate of Oman and from the UK for her research. She has published about 100 publications, most of them in English, and a number of them have been translated into Arabic. Her publications include, B. Nicolini (2012). The First Sultan of Zanzibar: Scrambling for Power and Trade in the Nineteenth Century Indian Ocean. M. Wiener: Princeton; B. Nicolini (2013). Re-reading the Role of Oman Within its International Trade Relations from 16th to the 19th Centuries in S. Wippel (Ed.). Regionalizing Oman. Springer Science: Dordrecht.
In 2013 she was appointed as Field Editor for E. Mellen Press, New York, USA. Prof. Nicolini is member of African Studies Association, USA; of ARAM (1997) Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Oxford University; of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia, London; of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, USA; of the Central Eurasian Studies Society hosted by Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Indiana University, USA; of Harvard Forum for Central Asian Studies, Harvard University, USA; of Africana-orientalia (International Forum on the Asian presence in East Africa); of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, India; of the International Research Network on Muslims in Lusophone Spaces, Lisbon, Portugal; of "RegUrSoS" – Regional, Urban and Social Spaces (in the Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and the North Western Indian Ocean regions); of Approdi, International Network of Italian Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.
In 2011 she was appointed as Member of Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana di Scienze, Lettere e Arti: Moral Sciences for Academic achievements and she is founder and member S.E.S.A.M.O., Associazione di Studi sul Medio Oriente.