• 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 della Carovana

Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA




Nicola Martocchia Diodati is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore. His research interests regard political elites, parties, electoral behaviour, and quantitative methods. In the last years, he has attended several method schools on statistics, programming, game theory and mathematical modelling; during his visiting research at the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh, he has also specialised on Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He has devised, along with Bruno Marino and Luca Verzichelli, the first “Personalisation of Party Politics Expert Survey”, a project aiming at studying the personalization of politics in Western Europe. He is currently working on the party competition in Western Europe by focusing on the impact of individual cognitive biases on party electoral strategies. His contributions have also appeared on West European Politics, Government and Opposition and Italian Political Science Review, He is also author of several research notes, articles and blog post on the Italian politics. He is currently teaching assistant in Methods for Social Sciences, Political Science and Institution and Decision Making at the University of Milan.


Electoral Behaviour; Party Competition; Political Elites; Party Politics; Quantitative Methods

Five More Recent Publications

  • With Natale, P., Fasano, P. e Capuzzi, F. (2017) Il Partito Mancato. Dieci anni di PD, Torino, Giapichelli Editore.
  • (with Luca Verzichelli) Changing Patterns of Ministerial Circulation: The Italian Case in a Long-term Perspective, West European Politics, forthcoming.
  • Passing Time, Changing Minds? The Determinants of Faction Membership after a Party Fusion, Government & Opposition, forthcoming.
  • (with Luciano Fasano) Dal PD nascenti di Veltroni al PD secondo Matteo di Renzi, Quaderni di Scienza Politica, forthcoming.
  • (with Bruno Marino) ‘What di erence does it make?’ Explaining PD’s electorate and electorate voting behaviour in 2013, Italian Political Science Review, 47(1), 2017, 1-20.