John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London. He has published widely on the history of mafia crime in Italy, including three books: Mafia Brotherhoods (2011); Mafia Republic (2013); and Cosa Nostra (2003) which has been translated into more than 20 languages. 

He has written and presented several television documentaries on the mafia in Italy, and has a longstanding and close dialogue with law enforcement professionals in Italy. 

In 2005, the President of the Italian Republic appointed him a Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, a civil honour.