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Faculty and Staff Political and Social Sciences Department

Head of Department

Ellen M. Immergut

She received her BA, MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University. She is currently Scientific Programme Coordinator for the transnational research programme Welfare State Futures (WSF), launched by the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE).

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Our Faculty

The SPS Department is one of Europe’s leading centres for research on comparative politics, political behaviour and political sociology, the sociology of inequality, analytic sociology, and international relations and security.

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Director of Graduate Studies

Arnout van de Rijt has general responsibility for all matters related to the course of study, including supervision, seminar attendance, admission to successive years, the fulfilment of requirements such as term papers, etc.

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Successful candidates from all the EU Member States, Associate States and non-EU countries come to Florence to study for a Ph.D. in the Department of Political and Social Sciences.

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