I am Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where I teach post-graduate classes on qualitative methods and social movements related topics at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities. I am the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research through the grant S.I.R. – Scientific Independence of young Researchers.
My research lays at the intersection of media and politics. So far, I did research on the perceptions of the journalistic profession in local newsrooms, on activist media practices in precarious workers’ mobilizations, on the use of social media during electoral campaigns, on Occupy Wall Street and, from a comparative perspective, I also did some work on current movements of the crisis and anti-austerity protests in Italy, Spain and Greece. I also study the political organization of temporary, precarious workers and the creation of alternative system of meanings related to labour market flexibility.
In the past years, I collaborated with several international universities, including the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Italy), the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Goldsmiths University of London (UK), and Lakehead University (Canada).
Amongst other publications, I wrote the monograph Media Practices and Protest Politics. How Precarious Workers Mobilise (Ashgate, 2012). I co-edited the following volumes: Spreading Protests. Social Movements in Times of Crisis (ECPR Press, 2014), Mediation and Protest Movements (Intellect, 2013), Advances in the Visual Analysis of Social Movements (Emerald, 2013), and Alla Ricerca dell’Onda. Nuovi Conflitti nel Mondo dell’Istruzione Superiore (Franco Angeli, 2010). My work on social movements, political participation and media practices appeared in several international (Communication Theory, Information Communication & Society, Triple-C, Portal, Cultural Anthropology Online, Sociology Compass, Feminist Review, Working USA) and national journals (Inchiesta, Sociologia del Lavoro, Partecipazione e Conflitto).
For more information about my work and my publications, you can visit my personal website.
POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH COLLABORATORS
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS, Florence) and a Research Fellow within the COSMOS Center on Social Movements Studies based at the same institution, where I also recently earned my PhD in Political Science.
During my PhD I held a visiting position at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) where I acquired extensive expertise in case-oriented research methods such as Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). My research interests lie in the field of political communication, comparative politics and political participation, e.g., role of social media in contemporary political communication and personalization of politics in comparative perspective. I have furthermore extensive expertise conducting social media analysis, expert interviews, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. I have participated as paper presenter to the most important political science and communication national and international conferences (among which ECPR, IPSA and ECREA), and my academic work has been published both in peer-reviewed books and in international and Italian peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism Practice and Comunicazione Politica.
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), and a Research Fellow within the COSMOS Center on Social Movements Studies based at the same institution.
I previously worked as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (Mexico), and as a Research Fellow at Lakehead University (Canada). I have been a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College (US), Erfurt University (Germany), Complutense University (Spain), Universidad del Norte (Colombia) and at the University of Denver (US).
My research combines insights from practice theory, ecological approaches, and mediation paradigms in order to understand the multiple roles that communication plays within social movements. I speak and write fluently in Italian, English and Spanish and I have published broadly in top ranked international journals (New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Convergence, Comunicación y Sociedad, Global Media & Communication, Information, Communication & Society, the International Journal of Communication) and books on the challenges, the opportunities, and the myths of media technologies for social movements and political parties in Europe and Latin America. I am coeditor of “Social Media and Protest Identities” (Information, Communication & Society, 2015) and “Latin American Struggles & Digital Media Resistance” (International Journal of Communication, 2015). My book, provisionally titled Complexities of Contemporary Digital Activism: Social Movements and Political Parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, is forthcoming for the Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics.
I am a PhD student at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz working on an interdisciplinary research project titled Contentious Images – Unruly Practices that tries to bridge social movement theory with visual culture studies.
My research focuses in the production and usage of printed political posters by activists in Greece under austerity context. I studied Political Science and History at Panteion University of Athens, where I earned a master’s degree in Political Sociology from the same university. In addition, I have an M. on New Digital Media and Interactive Environments from the Media and Communication department of University of Athens.
I am a research fellow of the Contentious Politics Circle at Panteion University, Greece and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS, Florence).
My main research interests include social movements, political and visual sociology, collective action and alternative media.
EXTERNAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Aloia Álvarez Feáns
Aloia Álvarez Feáns is a spanish journalist and International Relations and African Studies researcher. She has a Degree in Journalism (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), a Postdegree in International Information and Southern Countries (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and she is Doctor in International Public Law and International Relations (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). She has worked as a journalist for different media (as Revista Pueblos) and institutions (as the National Library of Spain). As a researcher she has been involved in several projects concerning communication and social movements for different universities and other entities, like REAL_CODE (Europe and Latin America Network of Communication and Development), AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) and Woman Institute of Spain. Between 2013 and 2014 she was a fixed term Professor at the Humanistic Education and International Relations Department, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro, México. Among her publications we can highlight her book Nigeria. Las brechas de un petroestado (Los Libros de la Catarata, Madrid, 2010) winner of Casa África Essay Award 2009 (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación, Spain).