Nicolò Pennucci is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore and a member of the Center On the Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). His research interests lie at the intersection of Political Science and Media Studies. In his PhD project he investigates the strategies adopted by civil society in opposing right-wing populism in power in a comparative perspective with case studies in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In his research, he combines qualitative methods such as interviews and computational methods for analysing textual data from social media, with a focus on quantitative text analysis, topic modelling and dictionary based methods.
During his PhD, he spent research periods at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster and at the Political Science Department at Yale University.
Before enrolling into the PhD programme, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Pisa, a Master's degree in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Florence, while at the same time obtaining a Licenza and Licenza Magistrale in Social Science from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa. During his university years, he spent study periods at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
Subsequently, he completed an MSc. in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as an Ermenegildo Zegna Founder's Scholarship recipient and completed a Blue Book internship at the European Commission, working at the Publications Office of the European Union.