The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Tobias Reinhardt

PhD candidate

Tobias Reinhardt is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore and a member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). He is currently working on the Kurdish movement and its solidarity movement in Europe, with a particular focus on the solidarity building processes. His research interests cover contentious politics, radical democracy, radical left movements and solidarity.

Tobias received his BA in Social Sciences and MA in Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He also studied at the University of Gothenburg. Tobias worked as a student assistant at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies (ZIFG) in the program “genderDynamics: Disciplinary Cultures and Research Organizations in Physics”.

Research interests: Contentious politics, solidarity movements, kurdish movement, radical left, and transnationalism



Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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


Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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).


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.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.