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Donatella Alessandra Della Porta

Professore Ordinario


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Donatella Della Porta is professor of political science, dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Director of the PD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Among the main topics of her research: social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policing. She has directed a major ERC project Mobilizing for Democracy, on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology. She is Honorary Doctor of the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest and Goteborg. She is the author of 85 books, 130 journal articles and 127 contributions in edited volumes. Citations Google Scholar (April  2017): 23360; h-index 70

5 Most recent publications

  1. Della Porta, Donatella and Mario Diani, Social Movements: An introduction, 3rd edition, Blackwell, 2020
  2. Della Porta, Donatella, Can Social Movements Save Democracy?, Polity, 2020.Über das Potenzial sozialer Bewegungen
  3. Della Porta, Donatella, Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Andrea Felicetti, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, Discoursive Turns and Critical Junctures, Oxford University Press, 2020
  4. Della Porta, Donatella, Massimiliano Andretta, Tiago Fernandes, Eduardo Romanos, Markos Votgiatzoglou, Memories in Movements, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  5. Where did the Revolution go? Contentiou Politics and the Quality of Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017

Relevant previous projects:

  • 2011-2016. European Research Council, Advanced Grant, Euros 1 800 000.
  • 2011-2016. National coordinator and steering committee of the EC 7th FP project Anticorrp, Euros 8 000 000 ca.
  • 2006-2010. National partner, Start Project, University of Pennsylvania, US Dollars 150 000
  • 2003-2006. Director of the Research Project on “Democracy in Europe and the mobilization of the society, financed by the EU, Euros 1 000 000
  • 2003—2005, member of the research project on “Democrazia discorsiva”, funded by Ministero per l’Università e la ricerca scientific, Euros 60 000
  • 2002—2005, national partner of the cross-national project on “The Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe: Political Claim-Making, Policy Deliberation and Exclusion from the Labour Market”, funded by the European Union. Euros 70 000
  • Since September 2001, national partner of the cross-national project on “The Transformation of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres”, funded by the European Union Euros 100 000
  • December 2001-December 2003, national coordinator of a research project entitled “Partecipazione politica e rappresentanza: I comitati spontanei dei cittadini e le politiche pubbliche dei governi locali”, funded by Ministero per l’Università e la ricerca scientifica.  Euros 50 000
  • 1998-2001, national partner of the cross-national project on “The Transformation of Environmental Activism”, funded by the European Union. Lire 50 000 000


Methodological competences include in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, life histories, protest event analysis, surveys,.

Donatella della Porta is open to supervising students in areas related to:

  • Social movements
  • Political participation
  • Democratic theory
  • Political corruption
  • Political parties
  • Political violence
  • Civil wars

Supervisees SNS

  • Caciagli, Carlotta (defended)
  • Sigillò, Ester (defended)
  • Aksahu, Huda (defended)
  • Ana, Alexandra (defended)
  • Stefanowski, Ivan (defended)
  • Steinhilper, Elias (defended)
  • Balunovic, Filip
  • Bazurli, Raffaele
  • Ruzhantsou, Aljaksandr
  • Selivanova, Galina
  • Christou, Stella
  • Cohelo, Rui
  • Goldman, Bartosz
  • Gunzelmann, Hans-Jonas
  • Meier, Larissa
  • Westerheuser, Linus
  • Bonu, Giada
  • Hofstetter, Joana
  • Kralj, Karlo
  • Lundstedt, Mans
  • Reinhard, Tobias
  • Adami, Angela
  • Barone, Anastasia
  • Burc, Rosa
  • Lopiccolo, Alessandra
  • Mannino, Carla
  • Stagni, Federica
  • Saenko, Valerii
  • Wathne, Sophia