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Giuseppe Ciccolini is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) at the European University Institute (EUI). He holds a two-year MRes in Political science from Sciences Po (Paris), a MA in European studies from Sciences Po Strasbourg and a BA in Political and social sciences from University of Bologna.

His main research interests are comparative politics, political behaviour and social inequality. He is currently working on a PhD dissertation about the relation between socio-economic inequalities and electoral behaviour in Europe, under the supervision of Prof. Juho Härkönen (EUI), Prof. Ellen Immergut (EUI) and Prof. Nonna Mayer (Sciences Po). His project is funded by a four-year scholarship from the EUI and the French Ministry of National Education.

His first work investigates the individual-level economic determinants of populist far-right voting, by empirically tracking social classes’ shifts in the social hierarchy. By leveraging on a novel measure of class relative deprivation, this study unveils how economic inequalities affect subjective social status and eventually spur populist far-right voting.

His analyses rely on quantitative methods fit to large scale cross-national datasets (e.g., ESS, EU-SILC) as well as to longitudinal ones (e.g., SOEP). He has worked as a teaching assistant at Sciences Po and EUI. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, he worked as a MP assistant trainee at the European Parliament.

Native Italian speaker, he is fluent in English and French.  He has a working and conversational knowledge of Spanish, as well as a basic knowledge of Russian.