• 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. 


Palazzo Strozzi

Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Diego Ceccobelli earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (SNS, Florence), with a dissertation entitled “Political Leaders on Facebook: a Comparative Analysis on Popularization in Contemporary Liberal Democracies”. His research interests lie in the field of political communication and comparative politics, e.g., role of social media in contemporary political communication, and personalization of politics in comparative perspective. He has furthermore extensive expertise conducting social media analysis, expert interviews, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. He is actually working on the PICME project (Political participation in Complex Media Environments).

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

  1. Ceccobelli, D. (2017), Facebook al Potere. Lo stile della leadership al tempo dei social media. Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli Editore
  2. Ceccobelli, D., and Cotta, B. (2016). Leaders’ ‘green’ posts. The environmental issues shared by politicians on Facebook. European Policy Analysis, 2(2), pp. 68-93.
  3. Marchetti, R., and Ceccobelli, D. (2016). Twitter and Television in a Hybrid Media System: The 2013 Italian election campaign. Journalism Practice, 10(5), pp. 626-644.
  4. Ceccobelli, D. (2016), Polling, in M. Calise, Lowi, T. and M. Fortunato (Eds) Capire la Scienza Politica. I concetti chiave, Bologna: Il Mulino, pp. 179-189.
  5. Bonerba, G. e D. Ceccobelli (2013), Un tocco di humor e ironia per interpretare temi e proposte: i casi di #propostashock e #ècolpaditwitter, in S. Bentivegna (Eds), La politica in 140 caratteri, Franco Angeli, pp. 175-198.

Relevant previous projects:

PICME project (Political participation in Complex Media Environments).


Political communication, comparative politics, personalization of politics, political participation, QCA.