• 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. 

Mosca Lorenzo
Prof. Lorenzo Mosca
Associate Professor
Tel. +39 055 2673 303

Palazzo Strozzi

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


Lorenzo Mosca is Associate Professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore. His research interests are focused on political communication, online politics, political participation, social movements and relations between parties and movements. On these topics he has been involved in several national and European research projects such as “Europub.Com - The Transformation of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres” (FP5), “Demos - Democracy in Europe and the Mobilization of Society” (FP6), “Younex - Youth, unemployment, and exclusion in Europe” (FP7), “Comparing Social Media and Political Participation across EU” (http://webpoleu.altervista.org). He is associate editor of the journals “South European Society and Politics” and “International Journal of E-Politics”, as well as member of the editorial board of the “European Journal of Communication”.

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

  1. Mosca, L. and Quaranta, M. (2016). News Diets, Social Media Use and Non-Institutional Participation in Three Communication Ecologies: Comparing Germany, Italy and the UK. Information, Communication & Society, vol. 19, pp. 325-345.
  2. Mosca, L. and Bosi, L. (2016). Internationalization with limited domestic recognition: Research on social movements in Italy. In G. Accornero and O. Filleule, eds., Social Movement Studies in Europe: The state of the art. Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 269-287.
  3. Mosca, L. (2017). The Italian's Five Star Movement: A ‘Cybercratic’ party?. In R. Cotarelo and J. Gil Garcia, eds., Ciberpolitica. Hacia la cosmopolis de la informacion y de la comunicacion. Madrid: Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública, pp. 237-253.
  4. Mosca, L. and Quaranta, M. (2017). Comparing News Diets, Electoral Choices and EU Attitudes in Germany, Italy and the UK in the 2014 European Parliament Election. In: M. Caiani and S. Guerra, eds., Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe. London: Palgrave, pp. 141-168.
  5. Della Porta, D., Fernandez, J., Kouki, H. and Mosca, L. (2017). Movement parties against austerity. Cambridge: Polity Press.


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Lorenzo is open to supervising students in areas related to:

  • Political Communication
  • Digital Politics
  • Political participation
  • Social movements
  • Populism

Current supervisees:

  • Huda Alsahi
  • Alexandra Ana
  • Sebastianus Bruinsma
  • Aliaksandr Ruzhantsou