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Lorenzo Cicchi (Ph.D. IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, 2013) is research associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where he coordinates the activities of the European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP). He is also adjunct professor at California State University in Florence and teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa. Previously he was research assistant at the European University Institute (2015-2016) and coordinator of the Observatory on Political Parties and Representation (OPPR), post-doctoral research fellow at Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Rome (2014-2015) and senior lecturer for Model United Nations classes (2013-2016). His research focuses on political parties, elections and EU politics and institutions, in particular the European Parliament where he has worked as parliamentary assistant.