Skip to content

Faculty and Staff Political and Social Sciences Department

Elias Dinas
Head of Department

Elias Dinas

 A laureate from university of Macedonia in Greece, Dinas went on to pursue an MA degree at the University of Essex, followed by a PhD at the European University Institute (2010), a prize postdoctoral research fellowship at Oxford (2010-2012), and his first tenured position as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham. After being associate professor and fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford (2014-2018), he finally came to the SPS Department as holder of the Swiss Chair. He works in the fields of political socialization, focusing on the formation, persistence and change of political and national identities, and has a keen interest in political methodology.

Read More


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.

Search and Browse all professors

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.

Read more Director of Graduate Studies


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.

Read more Researchers
Go back to top of the page