Research Interests

Colonization History, Decolonization, European History, History of the Present, Italian History, Libyan History, Mediterranean History and Migration History.


Mathias holds a BA in History and an MA in Modern International and Transnational History (MITRA) from the University of Oslo, Norway. As part of that degree, he interned at the German Historical Institute in Rome, Italy in the fall of 2018 and at PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) in the spring of 2019. Starting in the fall of 2019, he will begin work as a research assistant at PRIO. He also previously earned a BM in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and works as musician and composer.

The title of Mathias' thesis is: The Persistence of Colonialism: A Century of Italo-Libyan Relationships and their Influence on the Current Mediterranean Migration Regime (1911–2017). His thesis supervisors were Patrick Bernhard, Elisabetta Cassina Wolff (both at UiO) and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO).


  • Hatleskog Tjønn, Mathias (2018) The 'Europeanization' of the Italian Migration Regime: Historicizing its Prerequisites, Development, and Transfer, from the 'Oil Shock' to the Mediterranean 'Migration Crisis', Global Histories: a Student Journal 4(2): 144–162. Download the pdf here.

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