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Cristian Vaccari

Associate Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Academic discipline: SPS/04 Political Science

Curriculum vitae


08/05/2006 – IULM Free University in Languages and Communication, Milan

Ph.D. in “Communication and New Technologies”, 18th cycle, with an “excellent” evaluation.
Dissertation title: “Strategy, Communication, and Politics: Election Campaigns in the United States Between Innovation and Tradition”, supervised by Professor Marino Livolsi.

15/07/2002 – University of Bologna

Laurea (BSc+MSc degree) magna cun laude in Communication Sciences.
Dissertation title: “How the Most Powerful Man in the World is Elected: Candidates and Mass Media in the 2000 United States Presidential Elections”, supervised by Professor Roberto Grandi.

21/07/1997 – Classical High School “Marco Minghetti”, Bologna

High school degree in Classics with an evaluation of 60/60.

Foreign Experience, Scholarships, and Prizes
2013  – Italian Ministry of Education and Research, “Future in Research 2012” Initiative 
“Building Inclusive Societies and a Global Europe Online: Political Information and Participation on Social Media in Comparative Perspective” (Principal Investigator), 21 March 2013 – 20 March 2016: € 917,884 (733,003 Ministerial funding).
2011 – Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Academic visitor from 20/4/2011 to 12/8/2011.

2011 – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna

“Marco Polo” scholarship for a research abroad experience in the United Kingdom.

2010 – Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford & Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Summer school in “Global Media Policy”.

2008 – Journalism School, Columbia University, New York

Visiting scholar from 15/10/2008 to 15/1/2009.

2008 – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna

“Marco Polo” scholarship for a research abroad experience in the United States.

2005-2008 – Department of Political Science, University of Bologna

Research fellow for the project “Elections, Political Communication and Electronic Democracy”, supervised by Professor Gianfranco Pasquino.

2007 – Italian Society of Electoral Studies (SISE)

11th “Celso Ghini” prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the 2005-2006 biennium.

2007 – International Communication Association (ICA)

Travel grant to participate to the ICA Annual Meeting (Dresden, Germany).

2005 – Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Visiting student from 01/02/2005 to 30/07/2005, supervised by Professor Stephen Ansolabehere; winner of an Italy-MIT Consortium research scholarship as MIT-Italiy Fellow.

2004 – School of Public Affairs, American University, Washington, DC, USA

Scholar-in-Residence from 01/07/2004 to 01/02/2005, supervised by Professor James Thurber.

2002-2005 – IULM Free University in Languages and Communication, Milan

Three-year Ph.D. scholarship.

2000-2001 – University of California, San Diego, CA, USA

International student from 01/09/2000 to 30/06/2001 within the University of California Education Abroad Program and the University of Bologna Overseas Program.

Other Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Italian Political Science Association (SISP) since 2006; co-convenor of the "Political Communication" section for the 2012 annual conference
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) since 2005
  • International Communication Association (ICA) since 2004
  • Italian National Election Studies (ITANES) since 2013
  • Standing Group “Internet & Politics”, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) dal 2009
  • Italian Association of political communication since 2009
  • Study group on "Online Politics and New Media", Research Institute "Carlo Cattaneo" (Bologna) since 2009

Editorial Duties

  • Member of the editorial board of Polena since 2008
  • Member of the editorial team of Comunicazione Politica since 2009
  • Referee for  New Media & Society , International Journal of Press/Politics, EuropeanJournal of Communication, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, International Journal of Electronic Governance, French Politics, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, Comunicazione Politica, Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, Polena.