Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala was born on 27th March 1968 in Cologne, Germany. He studied Political Science, German and Romanic Philology at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn. From 1992 to 1998, Professor Masala was a research associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Cologne, where he received a doctorates degree, writing a dissertation about the German-Italian relations between 1963 and 1969. 1998 he was appointed to Akademischer Rat for life at the Department of Political Science at University of Cologne. In December 2002, he was granted venia legendi in Political Science.
After a substitute professorship in summer semester 2003 at Geschwister-Scholl-Department at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, he changed to NATO Defence College in the beginning of 2004, where he acted as Research Advisor and, from 2006 on, as Deputy Director of the research department.
Visiting professorships and research stays led him to the USA (Ann Arbor, Chicago, Washington), to Great Britain (Shrivenham), Slovakia (Matja Belt Universiy), Italy (Rome and Florence) as well as the Eastern Mediterranean University of Cyprus.
In March 2007, he was offered a professorship at Universität der Bundeswehr München and accepted it on 1st June. From November 2011 to 2014 Prof. Masala has been dean of the faculty Staats- und Sozialwissenschaften of the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich.
Prof. Masala is co-editor of the politics magazine “Zeitschrift für Politik (ZfP)”, the Journal of International Relations “Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB)” and the journal for Strategic Analyses “Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen (ZfSA)”. Furthermore, he is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy, the NATO Defence College and the Clausewitz Society.
His main research focuses on Theories of International Politics, Security Policy, Transatlantic Relations and Developments in the Mediterranean.