Short CV/Education and training

Current Position:

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    Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

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    Professor of Political Science (on leave), Scuola normale superiore, Firenze, Italy (since 2013) (previously at Università di Firenze, since 2011 Istituti Italiano di Scienze Umane).

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    Director of Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos)

Academic degrees

  • 1978
    Laurea in scienze politiche [BA], University of Catania, Catania, Italy.

  • 1981
    Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) [MA], Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. Title: "Theories et méthodes dans la sociologie des mouvements collectifs. Considérations critiques sur les principales approches". Supervisor: Prof. Alain Touraine.

  • 1987
    Ph.D. European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Dissertation topic: "Underground political organizations. Leftwing terrorism in Italy". Supervisor: Prof. Philippe C. Schmitter.

Professional background

  • 1978 – 1980
    Lecturer (ricercatore), Facoltà di Scienze Politiche dell'Università di Catania, Italy.

  • 1980 – 1981
    Centre d'Etude des Mouvements Sociaux of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris. To write an MA on "The sociology of social movements". Grant of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

  • 1981 – 1983
    research fellow, Istituto Carlo Cattaneo, Bologna, Italy

  • 1983 – 1986
    PhD candidate, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  • 1985
    Visiting scholar at Cornell University, Department of Government Ithaca, New York, USA. Research on social movements and protest in Italy. Grant of the Italian Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione. Scientific mentor: Prof. Sidney Tarrow.

  • 1987 – 1988
    Research Associate, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  • 1989 – 1993
    Guest Researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Berlin, FRG. Research project on "Comparative analysis of political violence and terrorism in Italy and Germany", financed by the Italian Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione and the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation with Career Development Award

  • 1991
    Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Political Science, Florence, Italy

  • 1991
    Guest Professor at Wesleyan University, Department of Government Middletown Co., USA, PEW Grant

  • 1993
    Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  • 1993 – 1996
    director of a cross-national research project on the control of mass demonstrations in Europe, sponsored by the European University Institute, the Italian Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), and other national research institutes

  • 1993 – 1998
    Associater Professor of Political Science, Facoltà di scienze politiche dell'Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

  • 1997 – 1998
    Alexander von Humbolt Stiftung's Stipendium at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

  • since 1998
    Full Professor of Political Science, Facoltà di scienze politiche dell'Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy (on leave since 1/4/2003)

  • 1999 – 2002
    Chairperson of the Corso di Laurea (Graduate Programme) in Government and Administrative Science, University of Florence

  • 2001 – 2002
    Chairperson, Dipartimento di Scienza della Politica e Sociologia, University of Florence

  • 2002
    Visiting scholar, Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques, Paris

  • 2002
    Visiting professor at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris

  • 2003
    Visiting scholar, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung

  • 2003
    Alexander von Humbolt Stiftung's Stipendium at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

  • 2004 – 2007
    Director of Studies, Department of Political and Social Science, European University Institute

  • 2005
    Luigi Einaudi chair, Cornell University

  • 2005 – 2009
    Director of Research, Department of Political and Social Science, European University Institute

  • 2011 – 2015
    Director of Studies, Department of Political and Social Science, European University Institute

  • 2009
    Visiting scholar, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung

  • 2010
    Visiting scholar, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung, October-November

  • since 2003
    Professor, European University Institute

Selected publications

  • Methodological practices in social movement research (Oxford University Press, 2014)

  • Spreading Protest (ECPR Press 2014, with Alice Mattoni), Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, with Joan Font and Yves Sintomer)

  • Mobilizing for Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014)

  • Can Democracy be Saved?, Polity Press, 2013

  • Clandestine Political Violence, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (with D. Snow, B. Klandermans and D. McAdam (eds.). Blackwell Encyclopedia on Social and Political Movements, Blackwell. 2013

  • Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann), Oxford University Press, 2012

  • Meeting Democracy (ed. With D. Rucht), Cambridge University Press, 2012; The Hidden Order of Corruption (with A. Vannucci), Ashgate 2012


Selected projects

  • ERC Advanced Grant Mobilizing for democracy

  • FP6 Demos project

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Co-editor Contentious Politics series. Cambridge University Press

  • Editorial board , “Revista Internacional de Sociología”

  • Advisory board of “Policing and society”

  • Scientific board of “Italian Review of Political Science”

  • „Co-editor of European Journal of Sociology

  • Gruendungsmiglieder of the Institure fuer Protest- uns Bewegungsforschung

  • Member of the European Academia

  • Faculty board of the BGSS, Humboldt University in Berlin

  • Co-editor of the European Political Science Review

  • Editorial board of European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology

  • Founding Editorial Board of Oxford Bibliographies On Line: Sociology, Oxford University press.

  • Scientific committee Fondazione Feltrinelli

  • International scientific board of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Universitaet Bielefeld.

  • Advisory board “International Journal of Conflict and Violence”

  • Board of editors of “Estudios sobre la Violencia“

  • Board of editors “Politica e società”

  • Board of editors of “Crime, Media and Culture“

  • Board of advisor of “European Union Politics”

  • Editorial board Blackwell "Sociology Compass"

  • Editorial board of “Journal of Politics”

  • Editorial board and Scientific Committee of “Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica”

  • Committees of international collaborators of the journal "Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée"

  • Editorial advisor of the journal "Modern Italy. Journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy"

  • Editorial committee of "Mobilization: An International Journal"

  • Directive Committee of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica

  • Independent group of experts on Radicalization and violence, European Commission

  • Task force on political violence of the Americal Political Science Association

Additional qualifications

  • Mattei Dogan Prize for Excellence in Political sociology

    member of Acadaemia Europea


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