• 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 Strozzi

Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Luca Pinto graduated from the University of Milan, where he also completed his Master of Research. He received a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Sciences - University of Milan (2010). During his PhD he spent a semester as a visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). From 2011 to 2015, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bologna, working first on a project on parliamentary fluidity in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and later on a project dealing with political representation in Italy. Since 2011 he has been a teaching assistant for the courses of Political Science and Statistics at the University of Bologna and a researcher at the Istituto Carlo Cattaneo (Bologna) for the analysis of electoral results. His research interests include party competition, legislative studies, and coalition governments. He has published on these topics several contributions in books and international journals.

5 Most recent publications

  1. Curini, L. & Pinto, L. (2017). L'arte di fare e disfare i governi. Da De Gasperi a Renzi, 70 anni di politica italiana, Milano: EGEA Bocconi. http://www.egeaeditore.it/ita/prodotti/scienza-della-politica/arte-di-fare-e-disfare-i-governi-l-.aspx
  2. Pinto, L. (2017). Candidacy rules and party unity: The impact of multiple candidacies on legislative voting behaviour in Italy. Acta Politica 52(1): 43–63. http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ap/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ap201524a.html
  3. Giannetti, D., Pedrazzani, A. & Pinto, L. (2016). Party System Change in Italy: Politicising the EU and the Rise of Eccentric Parties. South European Society and Politics. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13608746.2016.1174470
  4. Giannetti, D., Pinto, L. & Pedrazzani, A. (2016). Setting Parliamentary Calendars: How Parties Allocate Time for Plenary Debates on Bills. Political Studies 64(4): 1016–1035. http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/1467-9248.12220
  5. Pinto, L. (2015). The Time Path of Legislative Party Switching and the Dynamics of Political Competition: The Italian Case (1996–2011). The Journal of Legislative Studies 21(3): 323–341. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13572334.2015.1017369

Relevant previous projects:

  • 2017-Project of Relevant National Interest – PRIN 2015 "Politics e policy in Europe in times of crisis: Causes and Consequences" (Scientific Coordinator: prof. Marco Giuliani). Member of the research teams working on "Legislative Dynamics", "Institutions under Pressure", "Policy Party Competition", "Candidates and Political Representation".
  • 2015- Project MIUR SIR 2014 "Unconventional Central Banks: Making Monetary Policy in Hard Times" (Scientific Coordinator: prof. Manuela Moschella). Research assistant, working on the automated textual analysis of the Central Bank Governors’ speeches, for the analysis of the monetary unconventional policies adopted as a response to the economic crisis.
  • 2013-2016 – Project of Relevant National Interest – PRIN 2010 “How political representation has changed in Italy. Voting decisions in the electoral cycle 2013 - 2015” (Scientific Coordinator: prof. Paolo Segatti; responsible of the local unit of Bologna: prof. Aldo Di Virgilio) Member of the local unit of the University of Bologna, working on the study of candidates and representation. Research assistant in the implementation of the Italian Candidates Survey, under the framework of the international project Comparative Candidates Survey, coordinated by the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES).
  • 2010-2012- Project of Relevant National Interest – PRIN 2008 "What do political parties do? Challenges, adaptation and change in competition strategies and intra-party politics” (Scientific Coordinator: prof. Marco Tarchi; responsible of the local unit of Bologna: prof. Aldo Di Virgilio). Data collection and analysis on the legislative behavior of Italian MPs since the XII Legislature, with a specific focus on party switching.


  • Legislative politics
  • Coalition politics
  • Political parties
  • Computerized textual analysis