Marco Giani, PhD


Office:  7.08 Bush House NE wing, London


Welcome to my website. I am an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London (KCL). 

Before joining KCL in 2018 as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Political Economy, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the London School of Economics (LSE). I obtained a PhD (2017) and MA (2012) in Political Economy from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). I obtained a BA in Social Science (2009) from Università degli studi di Firenze (UNIFI). Throughout the years, I also worked as a consultant for international organisations, including UNICEF and the European Commission.

My interdisciplinary research offers a political sociology angle to the study of political violence, discrimination, and democratic stability. I seek to understand how divisive experiences shape patterns of political attitudes, possibly affecting between-groups resource allocation. More specifically, I focus on the role of social institutions such as education and the military service, as well as unexpected events such as terrorist or health crises, in driving  long and short term political polarization. I address these challenges combining different approaches including descriptive analysis of observational data, natural experiments, and game theory. 

Here's my detailed CV.

Selected publications

full list here

2023. Wait and See? Public Opinion Dynamics after Terrorist Attacks

Journal of Politics (first view)  with Mariaelisa Epifanio and Ria Ivandic

2022. Military Culture and Institutional Trust: Evidence from Conscription Reforms in Europe 

American Journal of Political Science  (first view) with Vincenzo Bove and Riccardo Di Leo

2021. Global Racist Contagion following Donald Trump's Election 

British Journal of Political Science 51(3): 1332-1339 with Pierre-Guillaume Méon

2020. Fear without Prejudice in the Shadow of Jihadist Threat
Comparative Political Studies 54(6): 1058-1085

2015. Electoral Competition through Issue Selection

American Journal of Political Science 59(1): 71-90 with Enriqueta Aragonès and Micael Castanheira

New working papers

2022. Education and the Cross-group Discrimination Paradox
OSF Working Paper with Margarita Gelepithis 

2021. Does Diversity Undermine Trust and Cooperation?
QPE Working Paper with Shaun Hargreaves Heap and Dimitris Minos