Antonio De Lauri holds a PhD in "Human Sciences: Anthropology of the Contemporary" (2010) from the University of Milan-Bicocca. At CMI, he has coordinated the research group on humanitarianism (2017-2020) and served as an elected member of CMI Board (2019-2022). Prior to joining CMI in 2017, he worked in Italy, France, Germany and the US in different positions as researcher, lecturer, postdoc and visiting scholar. He has conducted ethnographic research in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Europe and has published on issues related to war and post-war, soldiers, humanitarianism, human rights, injustice, judicial practice, and borders. Antonio's research has been supported by national and international grants and fellowships from the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator Grant), the Research Council of Norway, the Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme among others.
Antonio is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Anthropologist. In 2018, he also created Public Anthropologist blog.
He is the founding General Editor of Berghahn Books' series Humanitarianism and Security.
Between 2021 and 2023, Antonio was the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. He is a co-founder of the Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network (AHN) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a contributor of the Costs of War project of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University.