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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 democracy, post-colonialism, populism, immigration and International Political Economy.

Her PhD research, funded by the Fondazione Einaudi Turin and the Economic and Social Research Council, investigated the relationship between the populist radical right's anti-immigrant sentiment and colonial memory. Her monograph, based on her PhD thesis, is forthcoming with Routledge. 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.

Marianna became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2020.

Office hours

Monday: 14.00 - 15.00 (online only)
Thursday: 14.00 - 15.00 (in-person during term time)

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Research Interests

  • Immigration
  • Post-colonialism
  • Nationalism
  • Populism


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


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.

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