• 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 three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi 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 Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities 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 Institute of Humanities 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. 


Palazzo della Carovana

Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA


Anna Longhini is a research fellow in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore in the Institute of Human and Social Sciences in Florence, where, since May 2017, she is part of the UNCENTRAL (a SIR-MIUR 2015-2018 research project on the role of central banks after the financial crisis) research team. In late 2016 Anna was based at the European Institute for the Mediterranean (IEMed) in Barcelona, where she was awarded a short-term research grant, for contributing to research on the role of political expertise in Euro-Mediterranean relations in times of crisis. Previously, Anna received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence; she was a visiting researcher at Royal Holloway University of London in the New Political Communication Unit in 2014, and graduated in Economics for Public Administrations and International Institutions at Bocconi University in Milano in 2010. Anna also gained experience working in administrative positions, especially in grants management, consultancy and public administration. She currently serves as a town councillor in the town where she grew up near Biella, Italy.

5 Most recent publications

  1. Longhini A. (2017) Theorizing the role of experts in shaping Euro-Mediterranean politics, at a time of erosion of democratic legitimacy and emergence of contested issues, IEMed Focus 2/2017. Barcelona: European Institute for the Mediterranean.
  2. Longhini, A. (2016). Gli attori non statali della politica estera. Atlante Geopolitico Treccani 2015. Roma: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani.
  3. Longhini, A. (2015) Foreign policy think tanks in the Italian political context: evolutions and perspectives. International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis, (70) 4: 573-592.
  4. Longhini, A. (2015) Institutionalization of Foreign Policy Think Tanks in Italy and in the UK: An Explanatory Framework. Central European Journal of Public Policy, (9) 2: 96-121.
  5. Longhini, A. (2012). L’Unione europea di fronte alla primavera araba. In: Torelli, S. and Mercuri, M. (eds) La Primavera Araba. Origini ed effetti delle rivolte che stanno cambiando il Medio Oriente.  Milano: Edizioni Vita e Pensiero.

5 Relevant previous projects:

Project MIUR SIR 2014 "Unconventional Central Banks: Making Monetary Policy in Hard Times" (Scientific Coordinator: prof. Manuela Moschella). Research assistant, working on the textual analysis of the Central Bank Governors’ speeches, for the analysis of the monetary unconventional policies adopted as a response to the economic crisis.


Public policy, Expertise, Foreign policy, Think tanks, Euro-Mediterranean politics, Elite interviews, Discourse analysis.