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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Phillip Ayoub

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Phillip Ayoub (PhD, Cornell) is  assistant professor of politics at Drexel University, and was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in political and social sciences at the European University Institute. Phillip completed his PhD in the Department of Government at Cornell University, after receiving a B.A. from the University of Washington and M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cornell University. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging literature on transnational politics, gender and politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. Phillip is particularly interested in how the transnational mobilization of LGBT peoples and international channels of visibility influence social and legal change across states. His publications have appeared in Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, Perspectives on Europe, and Trans-Atlantic Perspectives. He has received various grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Schuman Fellowship for the European Union, an Alexander von Humboldt Chancellor Fellowship, a Cornell Sage Fellowship, a Mellon Writing Fellowship, three FLAS Fellowships, and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship.

Research interests: social movements, transnational politics, norm diffusion, and minority rights

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14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.