Dr. Stefano Costanzi is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at American University, in Washington DC, with an educational background in both the chemical sciences and international affairs. Specifically, he holds a Laurea degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Camerino as well as a Master of International Service degree from American University’s School of International Service.
Dr. Costanzi’s teaching interests mainly focus on the countering of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), chiefly focusing on chemical weapons. The courses are offered to both science and non-science majors. Depending on the targeted audience, they combine to different degrees science, history, and arms control policy.
His research interests have traditionally focused on the application of computational chemistry an molecular modeling to the interactions between chemicals and living organisms. More recently, he also became interested in the analysis of gaps in current policies and practices that allow WMD proliferation and the conceptualization of tools that can address the issue. Additionally, he is interested in raising awareness on CBRN issues.
He is also passionate about the sea, and he is a PADI certified Advanced Underwater Diver as well as a member of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC).