• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Research Fellow

Palazzo Strozzi

Dipartimento di Scienze politico-sociali
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Alice Mattoni is Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she is the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach. Her research lays at the intersection of media and politics. She did research on the perceptions of the journalistic profession in local newsrooms; activist media practices in precarious workers’ mobilizations; the use of social media during electoral campaigns; and the role of media technologies in pro-democracy and anti-austerity movements, with a special focus on protests in Italy, Spain and Greece. In the past years, Alice collaborated with several international universities, including the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Italy), the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Goldsmiths University of London (UK), and Lakehead University (Canada). Amongst other publications, she wrote the monograph Media Practices and Protest Politics. How Precarious Workers Mobilise (Ashgate, 2012) and she co-edited the following volumes: Spreading Protests. Social Movements in Times of Crisis (ECPR Press, 2014), Mediation and Protest Movements (Intellect, 2013), Advances in the Visual Analysis of Social Movements (Emerald, 2013). 

5 Most recent publications (already published, HARVARD Reference Style):

  1. Mattoni, Alice (2017). A situated understanding of digital technologies in social movements. Media ecology and media practice approaches. Social Movement Studies (2017): Online First. DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2017.1311250
  2. Treré Emiliano, Mattoni Alice (2016). Media ecologies and protest movements: main perspectives and key lessons. INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & SOCIETY, p. 290-306, ISSN: 1369-118X, doi:10.1080/1369118X.2015.1109699
  3. della Porta Donatella, Mattoni Alice (2015). Social networking sites in pro-democracy and anti-austerity protests. Some thoughts from a social movement perspective. In: D. Trottier C. Fuchs. (a cura di): D. Trottier C. Fuchs, Social media, politics and the state : protests, revolutions, riots, crime and policing in the age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ISBN: 9780415749091
  4. Mattoni, Alice, Treré, Emiliano (2014). Media practices, mediation processes, and mediatization in the study of social movements. Communication Theory24(3), pp.252-271.
  5. della Porta, Donatella, Mattoni Alice (eds) (2014). Spreading protest: social movements in times of crisis. ECPR-Studies in European political science.

5 Relevant previous projects:

  1. PI, Political Participation in Complex Media Environments, SIR - Scientific Independence for Young Researcher Grant, Italian Ministry of University and Research, 2015-2018;
  2. Collaborator, Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic, Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Of Canada, 2015-2020;
  3. Co-I, Social Movements and Media Technologies Seminar Series, Economic and Social Research Council Grant, 2015-2017;
  4. Co-I, Protest Media Ecologies: Communicative Affordances for Social Change in the Digital Era, Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2014-2017;
  5. Research Assistant, Work Package 11 of the Anticorrp EC-FP7 funded research project, with a research project on political participation against corruption and organized crime in Italy, Spain, Hungary and Bulgaria, 2013-2016.


Social movements; information and communication technologies; media practices; alternative media; qualitative methods.