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Theses Defended in the SPS Department


For theses in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, please consult the EUI Publications Repository, Cadmus. The Library keeps a copy of all Ph.D. theses defended at the Department of Political and Social Sciences.

Unless specifically requested by the author, a copy of a Ph.D. thesis may be taken out on loan.




CremaschiTitle: Sheltered. Life and Work in Italy's Immigrant Ghettos

Jury: Diego Gambetta (Collegio Carlo Alberto / EUI) (Supervisor), Fabrizio Bernardi (EUI), Paolo Boccagni (University of Trento), Mitchell Duneier (Princeton University)

Thesis defended on 18 May 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract 


AdrianDelRio_new1Title: Should I Stay, or Should I Go? On the Determinants of Elite Defections in Electoral Autocracies

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI Emeritus) (Supervisor), Elias Dinas (EUI); Jennifer Gandhi (Emory University) (External Co-Supervisor), Carl-Henrik Knutsen (Univ. Oslo)

Thesis defended on 26 May, 2020, Bio & Abstract


GandersonTitle: Politics by Association. Party Competition and Post-Crisis Bank Structural Reform in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany

Jury: Pepper Culpepper (Oxford University/formerly EUI, Supervisor), Anton Hemerijck (EUI), James Scott (King’s College London), Lucia Quaglia (University of Bologna)

Thesis defended on 14 September 2020, Bio & Abstract


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Title: Turning “Them” into “We”. The Impact of the Rotating European Union Council Presidency on the Member States

Jury: Ulrich Krotz (EUI, supervisor), Daniel Naurin (University of Gothenburg),Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University), Alexander Trechsel (University of Lucerne/EUI, co-supervisor)

Thesis defended on 14 February 2020, Bio & Abstract 

Sophia HUNGER (DE)

SHungerTitle: Is There a Populist Zeitgeist? Coming to Grips With an Elusive Phenomenon

Jury: Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Ellen Immergut (EUI), Sarah de Lange (Univ. Amsterdam), Heike Klüver (Humboldt Univ. Berlin)

Thesis defended on 6 July 2020 (in zoom), Bio & Abstract

Harpal HUNGIN (UK)

Harpal Singh HunginTitle: The Politics of Central Bank Reform. Post-financial crisis institutional reform in the USA and UK

Jury: Pepper Culpepper (University of Oxford/formerly EUI) (Supervisor), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), David Coen (UCL), Manuela Moschella (SNS) 

Thesis defended on 23 June 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract

Metin KOCA (TR)

Koca_MetinTitle: Tracing Cultural Change in the Reproduction of Intolerance: “Secularism”, “Islamism” and others in Turkey’s Experience of Democratization

Jury: Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI), Elise Massicard (CERI, Sciences Po), Olivier Roy (EUI/RSCAS) (Supervisor)

Thesis defended on 16 January 2020, Bio & Abstract


KURSANI, Shpend Title: Contested states.The struggle for survival and recognition in the post-1945 international order 
Jury: Jennifer Welsh (Supervisor, Mc Gill University / formerly EUI), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Eiki Berg (University of Tartu), Nina Caspersen (University of York).

Thesis defended on 23 July 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract 

Giorgio MALET (ITA)

Title: The Hour of the Citizens   The Political Consequences of  Mass EuroscepticismGiorgio Malet

Jury: Elias Dinas (EUI), Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI) (Supervisor), Sara B. Hobolt (LSE), Laura Stoker (Univ. California, Berkeley)

Thesis defended on 20 July 2020, Bio & Abstract

Takeshi MIYAI (JAP)

takeshi miyaiTitle: Democratising Migration Governance Temporary Labour Migration and the Responsibility to Represent

Jury: Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Supervisor), Richard Bellamy (UCL), Iseult Honohan (University College Dublin), Valeria Ottonelli (Università degli Studi di Genova)

Thesis defended on 20 January 2020, Bio & Abstract

Paulina SALEK (PL)

Paulina SałekBTitle: Understanding Post-Soviet Party Systems: A comparative analysis of Georgia and Moldova

Jury: Stefano Bartolini (EUI Emeritus) (Supervisor), Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Fernando Casal Bertoa (Univ. Nottingham), Petra Stykow (LMU Munich)

Thesis defended on 26 June, 2020, Bio & Abstract


Andris SaulitisTitle: Can a nudge make debtors budge? Four Field Experiments on Payment Reminders

Jury: Diego Gambetta (EUI, Supervisor), Philipp Genschel (EUI), Christina Gravert (University of Copenhagen), Peter John (King’s College London) 

Thesis defended on 3 February 2020, Bio & Abstract


HeadshotTitle: A Symbiosis: Social structure and personal values in the Netherlands

Jury: Hans-Peter Blossfeld (formerly EUI, Supervisor), Juho Härkönen (EUI), Aart C. Liefbroer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Daniela Grunow (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)

Thesis defended on 22 September 2020 (by video call), Bio & Abstract



AnnaSubirats_Picture2020Title: Opening the urban “black box”. The role of the local context in the mobilisation of urban movements

Jury: Donatella Della Porta (EUI/SNS) (Supervisor), Laszlo Bruszt (EUI/CEU), Claire Colomb (UCL), Eduardo Romanos (Madrid Complutense)

Thesis defended on 25 March 2020 (via video), Bio & Abstract



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