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Marianna joined the Department of European and International Studies as a Lecturer (Education) in 2020, after working as a temporary lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. She has taught widely on topics related to post-colonialism, populism, and immigration.

Her PhD research, funded by the Fondazione Einaudi Turin and the Economic and Social Research Council, investigated the relationship between the far right’s anti-immigrant sentiment and colonial memory. She is now focussing on populist parties and their institutionalisation.

Marianna holds a PhD in European and International Studies from King’s College London. 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.

Research Interests

  • The far right
  • Fascism
  • Immigration
  • Post-colonialism
  • Nationalism
  • Populism


  • International Political Economy: Theories and Issues
  • East Asia in the Global Political Economy
  • MA Dissertations


Griffini, Marianna, “The Civic Discourse: Representing Immigrants in the Italian Far Right”, in Anita Auer (ed.), Approaches to Migration, Language, and Identity, Peter Lang, 2020 (forthcoming)

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

Griffini, Marianna, “Invasione, arretratezza e contaminazione: l’immigrato nel discorso dell’Estrema Destra italiana”, in Marcello Carmagnani and Ferruccio Pastore (eds.), Migrazioni e Integrazione in Italia tra Continuità e Cambiamento, Olschki, 2018.