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Dr Marianna Griffini
Marianna Griffini

Dr Marianna Griffini

  • Academics

Lecturer (Education Track) and Deputy Director of the Centre for Italian Politics @ EIS

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Marianna joined the Department of European and International Studies as a Lecturer (Education) in 2020. Her research focuses on party politics, especially on populism, on institutionalisation, on Italian politics, and on migration politics. She has taught widely on topics related to democracy, populism, immigration, post-colonialism, and International Political Economy. She is the co-convenor of the Policies and Governance in Europe (PAGE) Double Degree (KCL-Luiss University), and she is Deputy Director of the Centre for Italian Politics @ EIS.

Marianna holds a PhD in European and International Studies from King’s College London. Her PhD investigated the relationship between the populist radical right's anti-immigrant sentiment and the politics of memory. Her monograph, based on an updated and revised version of her PhD thesis, is forthcoming with Routledge. Marianna is now focussing on populist parties, and their relationship with democracy and institutionalisation.

She earned a BSc in International Relations and History (2013) and an MSc in Empires, Colonialism, and Globalization (2014) from the London School of Economics. Her MSc dissertation won the Rooke Prize in Italian Studies. Her PhD research was awarded funding by the Fondazione Einaudi Turin and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (full scholarship).

Marianna has been nominated Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2020, and in 2022 she has been awarded the EU Commission Seal of Excellence, a quality label recognising deserving Marie Sklodowska Curie grant applications. She has also won several small grants awarded by the department and the faculty, to attend conferences and to start new research projects.

Before joining KCL, Marianna lectured in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London, and at Luiss University (Rome). She previously worked in the sector of politics think tanks. She has been invited as guest lecturer at several UK and international institutions, including the Open University, Fordham University, La Sapienza University (Rome). She is now Collaborator on the project UNPOP (UNpacking POPulism), PI Dr C. Gianolla (Coimbra University).

Marianna welcomes media requests. She has media experience with radio interviews, newspaper interviews, and podcasts.

Office hours

Thursday: 12.00 - 13.00 
Friday: 14.30 - 15.30

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Research interests

  • Party politics
  • Italian politics
  • Populism
  • Immigration
  • Ethnic and racial studies
  • Nationalism


  • Lived Democracy
  • States and Citizens in Political Anthropology
  • East Asia in the Global Political Economy
  • International Political Economy: Theories and Issues
  • The EU and Asia
  • MA Dissertations
  • Research Design


Griffini, Marianna, “‘How can you feel guilty for colonialism? It is a folly’: colonial memory in the Italian populist radical right”, European Politics and Society, online first, 2022.

Griffini, Marianna, “The Civic Discourse: Representing Immigrants in the Italian Far Right”, in Anita Auer (ed.), Approaches to Migration, Language, and Identity, Peter Lang, 2021.

Griffini, Marianna, “Review of Populism (Moffitt 2020)”, Partecipazione & Conflitto, 13:3, 2020.

Griffini, Marianna, “In Plain Sight: Black Lives Matter and Italy’s Colonial Past”, LSE Blog, 2020.

Griffini, Marianna, “The Italian Far Right at the Crossroads of Populism and Nationalism”, in Simona Talani and Matilde Rosina (eds.), Tidal Waves? The Political Economy of Populism and Migration in Europe, Peter Lang, 2019.

Ferrini, Alessandra, Giuliani, Gaia, Griffini, Marianna, Luijnenburg, Linde, Mancosu, Gianmarco, “Archive-as-Method: Roundtable on Visuality, Race and Nationhood in Italy”, Journal of Visual Culture, 2019